Ferdinand Habsburg



I’m Ferdinand Habsburg, Austrian racing driver, competing with R-Motorsport in the 2019 DTM championship.


Born the beautiful and historic city of Salzburg in 1997, I grew up with a strong sense of family, faith and country. A lover of sport from a young age, I always enjoyed competition and pushing myself but it was karting that became my true passion aged 10. By 13 years old I entered my first international championship and knew it was my calling.

I went on to work my way through the go-kart ranks – winning the Hungarian and Austrian championships, and representing my nation at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals for three consecutive years – and in 2014 I graduated to single-seaters.

The highlights in my open-wheel racing came in the 2016 Euroformula Open season, where I claimed the rookie title and finished runner-up overall. Alongside my F3 campaign, I raced in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, where I qualified on pole and finished in second place in Monaco.

2017 saw me race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, where I took a memorable win at Spa and three further podiums, finishing the season on a high with the bittersweet Macau Grand Prix (search it on YouTube!).

In 2018 beside my FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign, I challenged myself by competing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the LMP2 class , which was my maiden endurance race and also my first time racing a prototype car. I finished fifth overall with the #78 Jackie Chan DC x JOTA Sport team and really understood the appeal of 24-hour racing. It was in 2018, that I also got my first taste of a GT car, as I took part in the first round of the International GT Open season in Estoril.

And, that brings me up to 2019, which is going to be the most challenging and exciting year yet as I will line up ont he grid of the world-famous DTM championship in the Aston Martin Vantage DTM car with R-Motorsport. Let’s do this!


Macau, Zandvoort







Prior to his 2nd season in FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin Racing, Ferdinand has entered his first endurance race, also his first time racing a prototype, and finished 5th overall in the 24 Hours of Daytona with the #78 Jackie Chan DCR Jota LMP2 car. Ferdinand also made his GT debut in the International GT Open with DriveX School in a Mercedes AMG GT
After kicking off his 2017 racing campaign in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, Ferdinand returned to Europe to make his FIA F3 European Championship debut with Carlin Racing. Besides his spectacular win in Spa-Francorchamps, and 3 further podium finishes, he finished the season 7th overall. But the real highlight of the year was still yet to come. Ferdinand's attempt to win the 63rd running of the Macau Grand Prix went down in history as the most spectacular climax of the legendary race.
2016 marks Ferdinands most successful season to date. Besides his second attempt on the Toyota Racing Series, a full campaign in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and selected races in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with Fortec Motorsport, he also entered his maiden F3 season in the Euroformula Open Championship with DriveX School. He kicked off the year with his first ever victory in a car in the Toyota Racing Series with Giles Motorsport. With another win and 2 additional podium finishes, Ferdinand finished 4th in the championship. Returning to Europe, Ferdinand stepped up to Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, where he claimed pole position and a stellar 2nd place finish on the iconic streets of Monte-Carlo. 
Punching a consistent run of point-scoring positions in the Euroformula Open, including 2 wins and 12 podium visits, Ferdinand finished the season as Rookie Champion and Vice-Champion in the overall Championship standings.
In 2015 Ferdinand made his debut in the Toyota Racing series, where he started his season with a pole position and 2 podium finishes. Back in Europe he stepped up to Formula Renault 2.0 with a full season in the NEC, and selected races in the ALPS and the Eurocup. Unfortunately his season was cut short due to a heavy injury he suffered in Silverstone, but he made his comeback and his F3 debut in the Euroformula Open in Barcelona to finish the year on a high.
2014 saw Ferdinand competing in a dual racing campaign. Besides finishing his karting career on a high note by winning the Austrian championship in Rotax DD2, and finishing in 12th at the RMC Grand Finals in Valencia, he made his single-seater debut in the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC championship with Lechner Racing, behind the wheel of his ArtCar -1. With a 100% finishing rate and 4 podiums under his belt Ferdinand finished 4th in the championship.
2013 marks the most successful season in Ferdinands karting career. He's been racing and succeeding in multiple championships with Speedworld Academy/KMS Europe. He finished runner-up in the Central-Eastern European championship and in the Slovakian Championship, and has been crowned champion in the Lower-Austrian Championship. But the highlight of the season is came when he was crowned Hungarian Champion - his maiden championship victory - and qualified to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in New Orleans, where he finished in 10th overall under the Hungarian flag.
Ferdinand's 2012 season was thwarted by an injury which forced him to miss the majority of the races. However his heroic fight to get back in his kart has been rewarded with his first Ticket to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, representing the Hungarian team in Portimao.
At the age of 13, Ferdinand entered his first international race and season in karting , competing in the Rotax Central-Eastern European Championship.
2010 saw Ferdinand entering his first racing season in karting with Speedworld Academy
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