Alfa have rather slipped back in the midfield pack and have gone from being arguably the fourth-quickest car to behind both Alpine and McLaren by the looks of things.
Indeed, whilst those two teams have brought fairly major upgrades to recent races, Alfa have not, and it has meant their drivers are trying to fight for places with a slight performance disadvantage.
Of course, the team is working on upgrades themselves and will hope when they introduce them they can kick on back up the running order but, for now, they’re going to have to put up with what they have got.
At the French GP, neither Zhou nor Valtteri Bottas managed to score points but, speaking after the race, the Chinese driver was hopeful that the Hungaroring might at least suit the car a little more.
“The corners are a little bit slower than here and a little bit lower speed so hopefully we’ll be good but obviously we won’t have many upgrades in Hungary,” Zhou said in response to a question from Give Me Sport in the mixed zone at Paul Ricard.
“Looking at other teams it’s more like for us trying to survive where we are and with what we’ve got and waiting for the next update to be back running at the front of the midfield but I think we should be good.
“Here in terms of speed in qualifying was better than Austria but in the race we went in the opposite direction so we have to understand it.”