Marcus Armstrong opened up about his unpredictable weekend in Abu Dhabi after rounding out the 2021 season with one victory and two podiums in total.
The 22-year-old driver consistently qualified inside the top 10 in the last round’s opening race, saying it was one of his best races this weekend. He said:
“In the first race we had a good start and moved up to P10 before my DRS failed, so I did my best to hold position. We definitely had the pace to move forwards, but at least P10 secured pole for Sprint Race 2.”
Sprint Race 2 wasn’t the best performance he had so far. Armstrong led the majority of the race from the reversed pole position ahead of Ralph Boschung and Guanyu Zhou.
Midway through Saturday’s second session, he ultimately lost the race lead with a mechanical issue at the restart, which forced him to retire early.
“We had a good getaway, took control and managed the lead. After the second Safety Car restart, the engine stopped and we were forced to retire, which was very frustrating.”
Giving out a fascinating battle in the season finale, Armstrong was happy to score some points for the championship, overtaking Liam Lawson with a new set of the super-soft tyres and completing the race behind Carlin’s Dan Ticktum.
“In the Feature Race we had strong pace, went long on the first stint and managed to take some good points in P7.”
Finishing 13th in the championship standings this year, he was happy to maximize the opportunity with the French team this year as Kiwi’s future remains unclear.
“Thanks to DAMS for this season, we had some challenging moments, but I’ve enjoyed my time with the team and wish them all the best.”