Zhou wins inaugural Anthoine Hubert Award

Jamie Woodhouse
Guanyu Zhou wins the first Anthoine Hubert Award for 2019 F2 Rookie of the Year.

Guanyu Zhou wins the first Anthoine Hubert Award for 2019 F2 Rookie of the Year.

F2 racer Guanyu Zhou was presented with the first Anthoine Hubert Award for Rookie of the Year at the F2 prize ceremony in Monaco.

The award was created in honour of Hubert who was tragically killed in a crash at Spa this season which also involved Giuliano Alesi and Juan Manuel Correa.

Zhou, who serves as a member of the Renault Driver Academy, as Hubert did until his death, became the first person to be bestowed with his award as Rookie of the Year.

It was a debut F2 campaign to remember for Zhou as the 20-year-old Chinese driver picked up five podiums as part of the Uni-Virtuosi Racing team, going on to finish P7 in the standings.

After accepting his award, Zhou said: “All my thoughts and strength is with Anthoine, he was really unlucky what happened in Spa and I wish all the best to him up there, and also to his family.

“In the same time I think this year, the beginning of the year it was me and him always fighting for the rookie [award], and it was such an honour to receive this trophy.”

Reflecting on his own rookie-season performance in 2019, Zhou said: “This season, obviously it’s a new team, the guys I never knew before and we were working together for the first year.

“To be fighting for the race one victories or doing pole positions, I never expected to be doing that so early in the season, so thanks to them and also to my team.

“They’ve been pushing me hard all season. There’s still a lot of things for me to learn with tyre management, all that stuff, but this season has been fantastic.”

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