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New Zealand racer Marcus Armstrong has been inducted to exclusive driver management organisation All Road Management (ARM), which has strong expertise across the premier levels of motor racing. All Road Management was established in 2003 by Nicolas Todt to help rising race drivers achieve their career goals. ARM offers its drivers the best conditions to progress in the long term thanks to its expertise and its network of contacts in the sport.
Currently showing very promising pace in testing for the new FIA Formula 3 Championship, Armstrong says joining ARM marks an important step forward in his racing career.
“It’s really good to officially announce that we have started working with All Road Management and Nicolas. Some of my heroes have come up through ARM. I already feel very integrated in the family and I hope it’s the start of a successful relationship,” he said.
Todt manages the careers of a select group of racing drivers that includes Charles Leclerc, Felipe Massa and Daniil Kvyat.
He says he has been watching Armstrong’s progress for some time and rates his analytical abilities and race-craft highly.
“I’m very excited to start working with Marcus, who is an extremely intelligent and talented driver. I have been already watching him very closely when he was racing in F4. He has the great opportunity to be a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and I will try to help him as much as I can to ensure that he ticks all the boxes to achieve his dream to become a Formula 1 driver,” he said.
Armstrong on the pace in F3 testing
In the new FIA Formula 3 Championship, Marcus Armstrong faces a 30-strong grid of the fastest young racers in the world.
With a new, faster and heavier car, Armstrong says he is already very comfortable with the speed and aerodynamic performance of the car. At the opening official test he was first and second over two days of official testing for the inaugural FIA Formula 3 Championship. He set the fastest lap (1:49.243) on the first day of the test at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, then backed that with second fastest behind Renault F1 Junior driver Christian Lundgaard the next day.
Afterward, Armstrong said adapting to the increase in power and grip hadn’t been a problem. The new car is ‘quite fast’ – and the aero grip was a pleasant step up from the old Formula 3 cars.
“The engine and aero are really a big surprise to be honest. The only thing that makes life difficult in this car is the weight, which is just under 700kg.”
The championship runs on Pirelli tyres, which means drivers must re-think how they treat their tyre preparation in qualifying and then how they manage them for maximum grip in races.
“That creates a lot of opportunities.”
All in all, he said, he was happy about how the test went.
“We have a good package so far, but there’s still a lot of work to do before we get to where we want. Obviously the car is new to everyone so we are all working hard. The main thing is I feel confident and comfortable.”
This week the cars are at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Initial sessions were carried out in heavy rain and yielded Armstrong a sixth and tenth fastest.