Victor Martins will step up to Formula 2 this season with ART Grand Prix after winning a challenging Formula 3 season with the team.
Martins’ season last year in F3 more than earnt him a place on this year’s grid. He managed to win the title at the last round in Monza, just five points ahead of Zane Maloney.
The 2022 F3 season has been regarded by many as one of the most competitive, with the top three all finishing within six points of each other. Martins’ consistency from the beginning of the campaign is what gave him the edge over his rivals and was a trait that he also showed in his rookie season.
He made the jump to F3 in 2021 after winning the Formula Renault championship (now known as the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, or FRECA). In his first season with MP Motorsport, he finished fifth overall in the standings, earning him the title of best rookie that year.
Sébastian Philippe, Team Principal of ART also spoke ahead of the announcement and expressed his confidence for the season ahead.
“Taking up the challenge of Formula 2 in 2023 with Victor is a logical continuation after an intense year that concluded with the first ART Grand Prix title in the modern era of F3. Victor made enormous progress in 2022 and has proven that in both difficult personal and sporting conditions, he has the mental strength and the talent to achieve great things at the highest level of motorsport.
The Abu Dhabi tests confirmed his ability to adapt quickly and well to his new single-seater. His determination, his enthusiasm, and his conquering spirit will be weapons in a championship where competition is fierce.”
Martins will line up alongside Formula 2 superstar, Théo Pourchaire who will be completing his third season in the series after finishing as Vice-Champion last year.