It’s go-time again for Marcus Armstrong and his PREMA Racing as the FIA Formula 3 Championship is set for its 2019 finale at Sochi Autodrom in Russia. The circuit, flowing around the former Olympic village of the Black Sea holiday resort, is a fast and challenging street course of the modern generation. For most of the drivers, it will also be a new circuit to learn, so preparation and focus will likely be key.
While PREMA Racing already clinched the team title at Spa Francorchamps, the fight for the driver crown is still open and it will be an all-Prema affair. Series leader Robert Shwartzman is the early favourite, relying on the home factor in addition to a substantial 33-point margin. Running in second place, Indian Jehan Daruvala is aiming to spoil the Russian party and despite some ups and downs of late, he definitely showed the potential needed to fight at the top end of the charts.
On the other hand, Marcus Armstrong is fully determined to be an important factor as he delivered a spectacular second half of the season. Despite a setback weekend in Monza, he is expected to line-up in his best shape looking to end the season with a bang.
The Sochi Autodrom hosts the final round of the championship. The circuit combines high-speed and low-speed sections and the teams and drivers will need to maximise Pirelli’s soft compound tyres to succeed. The fact that the final round will be the title decider, despite such a remarkable season, is testament to just how incredible the maiden FIA Formula 3 Championship has been!