Car Number: 12
Team: M2 Competition
Like many of the best young open wheel drivers, Petrov began his career in karting, racing in the Russian and Finnish championships in 2008 and served a solid apprenticeship in karting classes before winning the Russian title for the KF-Junior category in 2014. A year later he took part in the pinnacle CIK-FIA World Karting Championship in the KF-Junior class finishing sixth. He backed that notable performance up with several podium finishes in international WSK races.
He made the step up to single seaters in 2016 in the Italian Formula 4 Championship, racing for DR Formula and securing two podium finishes and seven top three finishes in the rookie class. A second season with DR Formula in Italy yielded strong results, with Artem taking two race wins at Monza and seven further podium finishes and six fastest laps over a 21 race season to secure fifth overall.
A parallel programme in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship in Germany saw him win the season finale at Hockenheim and join established junior formulae team Van Amersfoort Racing, with whom he graduated to the super-competitive European Formula 3 Championship for 2018.