Marcus Armstrong has joined up with DAMS for the 2021 season in FIA Formula 2.
Armstrong is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and former FIA Formula 3 vice-champion. He was hotly tipped as one of the rookies to watch out for in 2020 but endured a challenging season overall. However, this didn’t diminish his reputation as he picked up two podiums in his maiden season.
The young Kiwi had been expected to secure his partnership with the French team following the post season testing in Bahrain.
He joins a team known for being at the front of the championship and becomes the first from the Ferrari stable to do so. He will be hoping like many to deliver in 2021 and continue his road to F1. DAMS have helped no less than 32 drivers make it to the Formula 1 paddock over the past 30 years.
“I’m very excited to be joining DAMS, it’s been a long time coming as there was a lot of interest in working together last season. Formula 2 is such a competitive championship and with only eight events it’s important to start on the right foot in an experienced team that’s used to winning. DAMS has a massive history, especially in GP2 and F2 – it’s one of, if not the, best to be with. In the short time I’ve worked with the team it’s already clear they bring out the best in people and have the resources to give me exactly what I need. We are aiming for the title. We’ve discussed that it’s not in my interest to finish second and they firmly agreed because they have the exact same targets. By no means is it going to be easy with such fierce competition, but I feel that when I’m in the right environment with a great team I can really do special things.”
Speaking on behalf of the team both Gregory and Oliver Driot will be again aiming for wins next year;
“We are very happy to welcome Marcus to DAMS. We have been following his career and his performance for several years so we are glad to finally join forces for this season. It’s going to be an important year for both of us. Looking at Marcus’ track record, it is obviously one of our main targets to challenge for the titles this year. Marcus drove for us in the 2020 post-season test in Bahrain and he gave some great feedback to the engineers. It was good for him to get to know the team ahead of the 2021 campaign, and everything so far has been positive. This is Marcus’ second year in Formula 2 and he has big goals, as does DAMS. We won the teams’ title in 2019 and we would like to be back at the top. We are really looking forward to starting in Bahrain.”
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