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Marcus Armstrong joins ART Grand Prix for step up to F2 for 2020

by Peter Allen

Photo: Carl Bingham / LAT Images / FIA F3 Championship

Marcus Armstrong will join ART Grand Prix for his move up to Formula 2 for 2020.

Armstrong steps up after finishing second in FIA Formula 3 this year to Prema and Ferrari Driver Academy colleague Robert Shwartzman.

While Shwartzman will remain with Prema for the step up – joining Mick Schumacher – Armstrong will race for ART, the team that has taken George Russell and Nyck de Vries to the title in the past two seasons.

“It?s an honour to join ART Grand Prix for many reasons,” he said.

“Mainly because of the team?s huge history. It?s been a driving force in GP2 and F2 over the last fifteen years and a lot of F1 drivers have come from the ranks of ART Grand Prix.

“Secondly, I met the team in Paris to meet everybody and my first impression was that everybody is really professional, they try to find small advantages everywhere? and there is a little pressure to be honest!

“I?m confident we can be successful together because the team wants to teach me all the right things and one of my strengths has always been to adapt to news situations.

“I will have to learn pit stops and race strategy, but I?m determined to do a good job straight away.

“We will be in Abu Dhabi for the three-day test session and after some nice preparation with simulators and computers I can?t wait to take to the wheel of the Formula 2 car with ART Grand Prix.

“I want to thank them, as well as the Ferrari Driver Academy and Ferrari management for giving me the best possibility to enter into Formula 2.?

Since this year, Armstrong has been looked after by the All Road Management firm of Nicolas Todt, who co-founded ART with Frederic Vasseur before selling his stake at the end of 2018.

?I?m genuinely delighted that Marcus and ART Grand Prix are joining forces as I wanted to get him onboard last year in Formula 3,” said team boss Sebastien Philippe.

“Marcus?s profile fits perfectly with the philosophy of our company and race team and we are happy he is joining us in Formula 2 because I think that between his race approach and his adaptation skills, he will be able to fight for the front positions.

“Marcus only has three seasons in open wheelers under his belt and he already has some beautiful achievements in comparison to drivers of his generation, who have much more experience.

“The winter preparation will be crucial for the success of the ART/Marcus pairing, but I?m confident we can do great things together.?

De Vries was partnered at ART this year by Nikita Mazepin, who stepped up from GP3 with the team but has found the move tough, with eighth being his best result to-date.