Ferrari-backed Armstrong moves up to F3
8 December 2017 – Ferrari-backed Marcus Armstrong will graduate into European Formula 3 with Prema in 2018.
Armstrong, 17, joined Ferrari's scheme at the end of 2016 and raced for Prema in both Italian Formula 4 and ADAC Formel 4 this year, taking the title in the former, and placing second in the latter.
Armstrong will now step up to European F3 with crack squad Prema, which has run several drivers to the title, including Esteban Ocon (2014) and Lance Stroll (2016).
"I'm thrilled to work with Prema in Formula 3, especially after all the success we enjoyed this year in F4," said Armstrong.
"I know everyone well within Prema and I feel privileged to work alongside such an experienced bunch of guys.
"From my first laps in F3 I really enjoyed the car. After this December I hope to understand it well so we can hit the ground running in 2018."
Added Team Manager René Rosin: "We are thrilled to join forces with Marcus again for his Formula 3 debut.
"He really put up a brilliant display in his first full-time season in European single seaters and I can't wait to see him back on-track in Formula 3.
"He will need to step up to meet the needs of such a challenging series but I'm confident he will be absolutely up for it considering how impressive he was this season and how he kept up with his professional improvement.
"Our Formula 3 line-up is coming together nicely and we are looking forward to the winter with confidence."