Marcus Armstrong moves up to F2 with ART for 2020

ART Grand Prix has confirmed Ferrari Academy driver Marcus Armstrong will move up to the FIA Formula 2 Championship with the French outfit in 2020.

The Kiwi finished a close runner-up to former Prema team-mate Robert Shwartzman in the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship.

Armstrong's move up to Formula 2 comes with the news of his fellow Ferrari Academy drivers securing drives in the series including Mick Schumacher, Shwartzman, Callum Ilott, and Giuliano Alesi.

During his F3 campaign, Armstrong claimed three wins, his first came in Hungary followed by further visits to the top step of the podium in Belgium and Sochi. This was capped along with a further three podiums, as well as one pole position.

Armstrong will link-up with the team for the three-day test following Formula 1 testing after the final race weekend in Abu Dhabi.

“It’s an honour to join ART Grand Prix for many reasons," said Armstrong. "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."