Formula 2 has created a new award in honour of Anthoine Hubert, who was killed in a crash at Spa-Francorchamps in August.
“It is a huge honour to be receiving this special Anthoine Hubert Award for the Rookie of the Year,” said Zhou. “I think that it is something that will be a great memory for me, and for this year.
“From a personal point of view, this has obviously been a great season, and we have achieved stuff that we never expected to be achieving so quickly.”
Zhou, who was part of Renault’s young driver programme with Hubert, said he is “trying to do him proud and I will continue trying to make him proud for the rest of my racing career.”
Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michael said the series “wanted to honour [Hubert] and ensure that he is remembered fondly in every season to come.
“As such, we have decided to give this award named after Anthoine to the best rookie of the season, a title which I am convinced he could have fought for by this year’s end.”
At the time of his death Hubert was the second-highest rookie driver in the championship standings behind Zhou. He still held the position in the final championship classification after six further races. Hubert won this year’s sprint races at Monaco and Paul Ricard.
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