Inducted into the elite Ferrari Driver Academy late last year, and contesting his first full season in open-wheel racing, the 17-year-old kiwi driver took the championship with second place in the opening race of the Monza season finale on Saturday, October 21 (Italian time).
'King' Marcus Armstrong celebrates with his Prema F4 team
Having qualified on pole, Armstrong was under pressure from a charging Artem Petrov from the start of race one. He conceded the lead after five laps, focused instead on maintaining his championship hopes. He then found himself in a melee for second place after a safety car period bunched up the field and was passed several times but fought back.
Second place at the flag, one ahead of his main title rival, Job van Uitert, was enough to secure the title.
“To be honest, until I crossed the line I wasn’t sure I’d done enough,” Armstrong said, “The team came through to me afterward with the news.”
Armstrong has thus become the fourth drivers' champion in the Italian F4 category's history and says plans for the coming 2018 season are now being drawn together. Like many drivers, he is watching proposed changes to Formula 3 and GP3 categories closely.