Marcus Armstrong is not your average racing driver.
Since falling in love with karting at the age of 10, he has proven himself to be one of the most exciting young talents in Motorsport. Setting the track alight both at home and on an international stage, his sharp racing skills, focus and dedication earned his place in the revered Ferrari Driver Academy.
Not only does Marcus have a tally of glittering results to his name, his attitude and personality make him well respected and admired throughout the paddock, by teams and rivals alike.
Where did it all begin?
Born on 29th July 2000, Marcus hails from Christchurch, New Zealand, a country rich in motorsport history and passion.
Since his first karting race in 2010, there was no looking back for the young Kiwi as he built in speed and prowess, to take his first win just a year later in the Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship.
Rising through the ranks, Marcus collected no less than 7 karting class wins in his native New Zealand, before proving himself on an international level, finishing 3rd in the 2013 Shifter Kart USA Super Nationals.
2015 -2016: Stepping up
Moving to Europe in 2015 to contest on the world karting stage, provided Marcus the opportunity to show his true potential. Where the Kiwi competed against the crop of young racing talent with world-renowned karting team Tony Kart.
Making his mark finishing 2nd in the South Garda Winter Cup in 2015. Marcus further placed 12th in the FIA-CIK World KF Championship, and 6th in the WSK Super Master Series respectively. Taking a prominent victory in the final round of the FIA-CIK European KF championship, saw him finish the season in 9th.
With confidence and talent on his side, Marcus further proved himself 2016, finishing 9th in the German Senior Kart Championship and earning the accolade of one of the best rookies in the CIK-FIA European and World Championships. His performance marking him as one of Motorsport.com's most exciting karting talents of 2016.
2017 - 2018: Taking the world by storm
Teaming up with Prema Powerteam, 2017 saw Marcus crowned Italian F4 Champion, following an unbeatable campaign of 5 wins, 13 podium appearances and 6 pole positions. In a sensational dual campaign, the young Ferrari driver also earned vice-champion in the German F4 series.
Fresh off the back of his success, Marcus rose to lead a sensational maiden campaign in his native New Zealand, in the 2018 Toyota Racing Series. Joining M2 Motorsport, he earned 2 wins and 10 podiums, keeping himself in the championship fight till the final race.
Taking his momentum back to Europe, he made his debut in the highly-competitive FIA F3 European Championship, together with reigning team champions Prema Powerteam. Visiting some of the most famous tracks in motorsport, Marcus rose to the challenge and firmly established himself as a championship contender. Claiming one win, three pole positions and ten podium finishes, he impressed with a series of strong performances and consistent pace. Sealing off 2018, he tackled the historic Macau Grand Prix, where he finished as the highest placed rookie, in 8th place.
2019: Rising to the next challenge
Kicking off 2019, Marcus returned to mount his attack in the Toyota Racing Series. Across 5 challenging weekends, the tenacious Kiwi battled to earn 5 victories, 2 pole positions and 10 podiums, to complete the season as Vice-Champion.
With a wealth of experience and a fire within, Marcus joins the illustrious grid for the newly-formed Formula 3 championship in 2019, with Prema Racing. Competing as part of the Formula 1 weekend, provides an exciting opportunity for the young driver to showcase his talents in front of a global audience.