China’s Formula 1 hope Zhou Guanyu has expressed his disappointment at his performance at rhe Monaco Grand Prix last weekend despite leading the Formula 2 driver’s championship. Zhou, who unveiled his new Kobe Bryant-inspired helmet while testing for the Alpine Academy at Silverstone, has a 16-point lead in the F1 feeder series after the second grand prix of the season. The Shanghai-born driver told the Formula 2 website that he felt he could have finished better on the streets of Monte Carlo. “We got held up by (Roy) Nissany and (Christian) Lundgaard a lot. I was behind them, chilling, waiting for my moment,” the 21-year-old said. NEW HELMET Using #kobebryant colour way. Thanks to @bellracinghq for the helmet, @dirdesigns / @mdm_designs for the paint & design. What do you think guys? pic.twitter.com/w7pCiUSrHj — Guanyu Zhou (@gyzhou_33) May 28, 2021 “When I got to the front, I was pushing a lot and there was a little bit of a gap, but it was a little bit of a frustrating race in the end to be honest. Even though I am happy with the result, I feel like we could have achieved more.” Zhou finished fifth and in the points despite starting in P10 on the grid for the feature race last Saturday. China’s Zhou stays top of F2 rankings after tough Monaco GP He won Friday’s first sprint race to extend his lead in the driver’s championship to 26 points but that was cut back over the final two races of the weekend. “It was pretty intense, but I felt good, and everything was under control. We did pretty well to hold onto P5 at the end with cold tyres. We got the fastest lap as well, which was important for the championship.” Zhou said that he could have picked up more points were it not for indecision over which tyres to use for the second sprint race, with his UNI-Virtuosi team calling him in to change ahead of the race. From Monaco F2 Silverstone F1 Haha that was fun! Merci @AlpineF1Team #F1 pic.twitter.com/jY8qmreEmL — Guanyu Zhou (@gyzhou_33) May 27, 2021 “A few laps before the call, I said that the track wasn’t ready for slicks, that it was still too slippery, but then they decided to box me. I think my engineer was chatting in the channel with mechanics, so when I spoke, I was interrupted, and the team didn’t hear me. I think that’s how the call was made. “I shouldn’t have listened to the radio call to box me, but I was thinking that maybe they knew something that I didn‘t on the situation – 200 per cent though, that was the wrong decision, and we could have gotten a points’ finish with the retirements in front of me. Zhou has been testing with the Alpine Academy at Silverstone this week ahead of the next Formula 2 grand prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, next month. China’s F1 hope Zhou extends F2 lead with Monaco sprint win He posted a new Kobe Bryant-inspired helmet to social media, with the yellow and purple colours of the Los Angeles Lakers and an image of the Shanghai skyline. Bryant, who died last year in a helicopter crash, was one of the most popular NBA players in China.