Guanyu Zhou started his career in his native China before moving to Europe to pursue his dream of being the first Chinese driver in Formula 1. He debuted in Formula 4 with PREMA in 2015, finishing as a vice-champion and best rookie, representing the Ferrari Driver Academy. He rejoined the fold in Formula 3 for 2017 and 2018 taking two wins, and honing his skills. After moving to a successful F2 career, within the Alpine Academy, he briefly returned to PREMA to enter the F3 Asian Championship, winning the driver title. At the end of the year, it was announced that he would become an Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver for 2022.