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Ferrari: F3 stars in Maranello

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 Novembre 17.

F3: Shwartzman is the 2019 champion!

This was a day to remember for the Ferrari Driver Academy and Robert Shwartzman as the Russian driver’s second place finish in the first F3 race of the weekend, behind his fellow FDA student Marcus Armstrong was enough to assure him of the championship crown in this year’s FIA Formula 3 series. It was all the more the sweet given that this prestigious moment came at Shwartzman’s home race.

Emotion. “I am feeling emotional and it’s not easy to find the right words to describe my feelings,” commented a jubilant Shwartzman. “At the start of the season I could never have imagined that I would experience a day like this. It’s not been an easy weekend and I felt under pressure so that I didn’t sleep much the last two nights, but I’m sure it will be a lot better tonight.” Schwartzman is now on 202 points while the winner of Race-1, Marcus Armstrong, now moves up to third in the classification. The two FDA drivers were congratulated under the podium by Mattia Binotto and the Scuderia engineers who had watched the race from the garage.”

Spectacular. It was an action packed race and Armstrong managed to pass Shwartzman and Jehan Daruvala at the start to take the lead. The track was very slippery at first because of a little bit of rain and the Safety Car was required twice. Armstrong lost the lead on lap 9, dropping to fourth, but the New Zealander upped his pace and got past Shwartzman on the final lap before the chequered flag.

F3: Armstrong second in championship

24 hours after Robert Shwartzman clinched the FIA Formula 3 Championship, his fellow Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) student, Marcus Armstrong assured himself of the best finish available to him, by securing second place in the series.

Perfect weekend. The two FDA drivers started Race-2 from the fourth row of the grid and immediately began moving up the order. Having got as high as second, it was vital for Armstrong to set the race fastest lap and thus claim a further two points, to pass Daruvala in the final classification. With four laps remaining, Marcus did just that to take his total to 158 points, one more than Daruvala, and claim the runner up spot he had been chasing for so long.

Next stop Macau. After celebrating at his home track yesterday, the 2019 champion did not hold back in the last race. Schwartzman started from seventh and worked his way up to third at the end, so that he was able to celebrate a pretty much perfect season from the podium.

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