Victor Martins will step up to Formula 2 this year with ART Grand Prix. The Frenchman will line up alongside compatriot Théo Pourchaire, completing the team’s line-up for 2023.
He arrives following Formula 3 title success last season as the reigning Champion. Martins claimed two victories in 2022 and a further four podiums in his second year of FIA F3 on the way to the Championship. The 21-year-old also claimed the Formula Renault Eurocup title with ART back in 2020, scoring seven wins and 10 poles that year.
The Frenchman took part in post-season testing with ART at Yas Marina last year, getting to grips with the F2 car for the first time. Martins said he was looking forward to the challenge of Formula 2 and is confident in his capabilities for what will be his rookie campaign.
“The 2023 season will be exciting and motivating. After a successful year with ART Grand Prix, I was not considering taking the next step with any other team. I can't wait to discover the Formula 2 championship, which is tough and competitive, with such a professional and experienced team. The tests made it possible to remove what little doubts I might have had about my adaptation because I felt comfortable and confident. My objective will therefore be to do everything possible to win the title in my first year. With ART Grand Prix, I have all the tools to have big ambitions.”
Team Principal of ART Sébastien Philippe added that Martins’ contributions to the team have already served as positive signs of what’s to come in 2023.
“Taking up the challenge of Formula 2 in 2023 with Victor is a logical continuation after an intense year which concluded with the first ART Grand Prix title in the modern era of F3. Victor made enormous progress in 2022 and has proven that in both difficult personal and sporting conditions, he has the mental strength and the talent to achieve great things at the highest level of motorsport. The Abu Dhabi tests confirmed his ability to adapt quickly and well to his new single-seater. His determination, his enthusiasm and his conquering spirit will be weapons in a championship where competition is fierce.”
Pre-season testing will take place in Sakhir, Bahrain from February 14-16.