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!