Armstrong grabs first F4 victory

Marcus Armstrong. PHOTO: GEOFF SLAON

Marcus Armstrong’s drive towards his formula one dream picked up pace with his first win in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship at the weekend.

The 16-year-old adapted well to his first outing at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, dominating in qualifying with the fastest lap time of 1min 29.954sec. He then drove from pole to win the opening race of the weekend – his first victory of the championship.

“It’s a great feeling to be celebrating this victory with my team. I’m obviously dreaming of the title, but at the moment, only winning counts for me. Our car was so fast, I couldn’t even see what was going on behind me,” said Armstrong.

He backed up the win with two solid performances in the final two races on Sunday, finishing third in both. The results mean that he now moves up to third in the championship standings after three rounds and is 29 points behind championship leader and Prema Powerteam teammate Juri Vips from Estonia.

The next event in the seven-round championship will be held at Oschersleben, Germany, from July 7-9.

Last year, Armstrong was picked up by the Ferrari Driver Academy.

He was in New Zealand over the summer and competed in the Toyota Racing Series, which he finished fourth in.

Armstrong is also currently competing in the Italian Formula 4 Championship with Prema Powerteam and is currently fourth in the championship standings after two rounds.