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Lewis Hamilton inspires F1 rival as Zhou Guanyu shares exciting plans

Alfa Romeo man Zhou Guanyu has spoken on how much of an inspiration Lewis Hamilton is around the Formula 1 paddock. Guanyu is one of the fresher faces in F1, and the Chinese star has revealed his rival Hamilton has played a big part in helping him express himself in the sport.

The seven-time world champion has been known to parade his fashion taste around the F1 paddock, away from the usual team tracksuits and racing gear. Whilst the Englishman has often split opinion, for Guanyu it has been an inspiration.

Like Hamilton, the Alfa Romeo man also has a keen interest in fashion and likes to showcase his taste on race day. Discussing how the Mercedes man has helped him in his rookie year, Guanyu told Crash: “It’s been great in the last few years watching Lewis showing a different style in the paddock.

“This year I’ve been trying to show the stuff I usually like to wear in the paddock. In the past, maybe 20 years ago, racing drivers were just about racing. We still have our enjoyable personal stuff to do and to be showing that on Thursdays, I think it’s great. 

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“Obviously he was the first one to be open in that way and it wasn’t easy. I fully remember the first time he did that. A lot of people were saying ‘why is he wearing that?’ and I was one of the guys who liked his fashion sense.”

As a result, Guanyu believes being able to showcase his own style has helped him ‘be himself’ during his maiden season. He added: “When I arrived in F1, I just really wanted to be myself, either on track or off track, so that was what I tried to do.

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