Marcus Armstrong will receive his debut Formula 1 test with Ferrari next week, getting behind the wheel of the manufacturer’s 2018 car at Fiorano.
The New Zealander and Ferrari Academy driver will join Giuliano Alesi and Robert Shwartzman for the private test on Monday.
Like Armstrong, Alesi will be making his F1 test debut while Shwartzman got his first taste in the 2018 car last September.
Armstrong now becomes only the second Kiwi to drive a Ferrari F1 car after Chris Amon.
Amon raced three seasons with the Scuderia, claiming six podium positions. His final season with the team saw him start in the top-six on six occasions. But, the unreliability of the team’s V12 engine led to only one podium finish.
Armstrong has been under the wing of Ferrari’s junior programme since 2016, running in the Toyota Racing Series, ADAC Formula 4 and FIA Formula 3 with the support of the manufacturer.
Last year had Armstrong graduate to FIA Formula 2, where he joined ART GP. A troubled end to the season meant he could only muster 13th overall.
For 2021, he will switch teams and race with DAMS.
Ferrari’s F1 line-up of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr will be at the wheel on Tuesday and Wednesday.
For the incoming Sainz, Wednesday’s test will mark his debut outing in Ferrari red.
Recent Haas F1 signing Mick Schumacher will be in the car Thursday afternoon before his 2020 F2 title rival and new Ferrari test driver Callum Ilott rounds out the running by getting in the car on Friday.