After what was a season to remember for Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong in the FIA Formula 3 championship, the two young Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) students have just returned to base.
Exceptional results. Robert and Marcus finished first and second in the championship and both men picked up three wins during the season. For Shwartzman they came in Race-1 at Barcelona and Monza and Race-2 at Le Castellet; Marcus was first in Race-1 in Sochi and in Race-2 at the Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps. What made the difference when it came to winning the title, which the Russian driver did with one race still to go in Sochi last Saturday, was consistency. Apart from the wins, Robert had seven further podium finishes while his team-mate had four.
Congratulations. In Maranello, Shwartzman and Armstrong met the head of the Technical Area of the FDA, Marco Matassa, who was involved in every aspect of their season, as well as Scuderia Ferrari’s Sporting Director Laurent Mekies and its Team Principal Mattia Binotto, who once again congratulated the youngsters on their fine performance throughout the year. Other members of the Gestione Sportiva were also on hand to add their congratulations. However, the season is not quite over yet. Robert and Marcus will both be taking part in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, a one-off race generally recognised as a sort of Formula 3 world championship. Past winners of this famous race include Ayrton Senna, Michael and Ralf Schumacher and Riccardo Patrese. The race will be on November 17.