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How a Shanghai to Sheffield journey paved the way for China’s F1 hero

In 2004 China hosted its first Formula 1 race. In the crowd, cheering on Fernando Alonso, was the boy who would become the country’s first grand prix racer. STUART CODLING caught up with Zhou Guanyu in his adopted second home of London…

One floor below ground, in the crowded pedestrian vestibule connecting London’s Piccadilly Circus with Leicester Square – still bustling with tourists despite the Stygian murk enveloping the capital – lies Zhou Guanyu’s favourite eatery in the city. It tells you much about China’s first Formula 1 racer that this is no exclusive, highfalutin, Michelin-starred establishment but a busy, friendly Szechuan-style diner: Haidilao Hot Pot, a chain with hundreds of branches around the globe.

As we’re guided to a quiet back room, it’s clear Zhou is a frequent flyer here. Every member of staff gives him a cheery greeting and he browses the iPad-based menu with a confident sweep of the fingers.

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