Formula 1 expansion drivers: No. 3 – Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong is currently in his rookie season with Chip Ganassi Racing in IndyCar after spending three years competing in Formula 2.
The 23-year-old New Zealander has had a consistent and productive rookie season in America. He is only driving the No. 11 Honda in road and street course races, with former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato driving the entry in the oval races, but he has made it clear that he wants to compete full-time for Chip Ganassi Racing next year.
After spending the 2020 season with ART Grand Prix and the 2021 season with DAMS, Armstrong’s most recent Formula 2 season was spent with Hitech. He finished in 13th place in the standings, but he won three races along the way.
Armstrong also has experience in a Formula 1 car, as he is a former member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. He tested Ferrari’s 2018 car, the SF71H, on two occasions.
A strong 2024 and 2025 as a full-time driver with one of IndyCar’s best teams can bolster Armstrong’s resume ahead of a potential transition back to Europe. His untapped potential could very well lead to a breakout season and thus lead to him potentially fitting into either a Hitech or an Andretti Formula 1 seat.