Wednesday, Dec 5 08:34am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Marcus Armstrong confirmed for Formula 3

Ferrari Driver Academy ace Marcus Armstrong will contest next year’s FIA Formula 3 Championship with Prema Racing.

The new category brings together the best of the now defunct GP3 Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship and will race on the Formula 1 support card below Formula 2.

This year Armstrong finished fifth in his maiden European Formula 3 Championship campaign and led the standings at the halfway mark.

A total of 30 drivers will participate in the new series, which is largely a continuation of the GP3 Series in terms of the new car look.

Armstrong is the first driver confirmed for Prema, but it is expected European Formula 3 Championship Rookie of the Year Robert Shwartzman will drive alongside Armstrong. It is also anticipated Jehan Daruvala will race with the team too.

:This is an exciting step in my career, and this series is definitely the place to be for a young driver in terms of development and learning,” Armstrong said.

“Competition will be incredibly tight and everybody is looking forward to the new adventure. The car is obviously quite different to the Formula 3 we raced this year, not only the car itself but the engine and tyres.

“I have the right people around me to get on top of these details quickly though. Together we shared a lot of success in recent years, winning the 2017 Italian Formula 4 Championship and fighting for the German series title.

“We had a great 2018 too but I feel there is unfinished business and I’m very excited to get going.

“The new FIA Formula 3 is new for everyone, including us, but I feel confident in our team that we can hit the ground running in 2019.”

Armstrong recently tested a GP3 Series car at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi following the completion of the final season.

He tested for Charouz Racing System under Arden operation and with Trident. The Christchurch-born Italy-based driver was inside the top 10 times by the end of testing.

The new Formula 3 Championship calendar has yet to be confirmed.