Ferrari Academy Driver Marcus Armstrong will continue with Prema Powerteam as he takes the step up to the European Formula 3 championship next year.

In only his first full season in Europe, Armstrong was crowned Italian Formula 4 champion in 2017, taking four wins and 13 podiums with Prema. He also ran an ADAC Formula 4 campaign with the team, where he narrowly missed out on his second title of the year.

The team believes he’s now ready to take the next step in his motor racing career as it aims to retake the drivers’ champion crown from Carlin.

“He really put up a brilliant display in his first full-time season in European single seaters and I can’t wait to see him back on-track in Formula 3,” said team manager Rene Rosin.

“He will need to step up to meet the needs of such a challenging series but I’m confident he will be absolutely up for it considering how impressive he was this season and how he kept up with his professional improvement.

“Our Formula 3 line-up is coming together nicely and we are looking forward to the winter with confidence.”

Armstrong, who is the first driver to be announced for Prema’s 2018 campaign, shares the team’s confidence.

“I am thrilled to work with Prema in Formula 3, especially after all the success we enjoyed this year in F4,” he said.

“I know everyone well within Prema and I feel privileged to work alongside such an experienced bunch of guys.

“From my first laps in F3 I really enjoyed the car. After this December, I hope to understand it well so we can hit the ground running in 2018.”

The 2018 season begins in May with the Pau Grand Prix.