Alfa Romeo seeks potential replacement for Zhou

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Zhou's Alfa Romeo future uncertain

Haas' announcement that they will continue with their current roster of drivers has partially eased the uncertainty on the grid. However, the status of Alfa Romeo still remains unclear.

Guanyu Zhou, the first Chinese driver to race in F1, made his debut in F1 largely thanks to his financial backing, and secured his 2023 seat with consistent performance last year. The Chinese driver's deal will expire at the end of this year, and rumors are that Zhou has yet to receive a response, despite seeking a confirmation for 2024.

It's clear that Alfa Romeo is looking into alternative names and there are several candidates on the table right now. The list includes Theo Pourchaire, a longtime Sauber member and current reserve driver for the team. Aston Martin's reserve driver, reigning Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich is also under the spotlight.

Unless the deal between Zhou and Alfa Romeo is extended, the Chinese driver's F1 career will suffer. Williams, who hasn't confirmed who will race alongside Alexander Albon next season, may have an interest in him, but there's a good chance that Logan Sargeant will stay with the team.

If Zhou goes without a seat next year, it will be quite a strange situation, given that China will return to the calendar.