Habsburg’s points haul on home soil

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Ferdinand Habsburg raced at his home round of the FIA F3 European Championship this weekend and, despite narrowly missing out on the podium, the youngster took twenty-two championship points in front of the Red Bull Ring crowd. 

Practice started well in Austria, with the 20-year old going third fastest in the opening session in his Carlin Racing F3 machine. As such, he entered qualifying feeling confident but the competition was tough and, just 0.3 seconds off pole, qualified in tenth. With a three-place grid penalty from the last round, he had to start the first of the three races from thirteenth on the grid of the twenty top up-coming single-seater stars. 

In race one, Habsburg drove well, carving his way through the pack being careful not to make any mistakes – he didn’t want his weekend of racing in front of family, friends, and sponsors to end early. After 35 minutes of wheel-to-wheel action, he crossed the line in sixth with some masterful overtakes.

The second qualifying session went better and Habsburg lined-up on the race two grid in eighth. After a fantastic battle with Jake Hughes he finished P9; a result not reflective of the impressive driving display.
 
With the second fastest time of qualifying two deciding the starting position for race three, Habsburg started in seventh. He wasted no time in making his attack and had a fantastic first lap to climb up to fourth. While battling for the podium position, the leaders made contact and Habsburg crossed the line in second place, a result later taken away following a five-second penalty. He had to settle for fourth but remained up-beat.

“It’s always disappointing not to get a podium in front of your home crowd, especially when I came so close, but I feel that I drove well in the races,” commented Habsburg. “If I’d managed to qualify a bit higher, I think I would have had a very different weekend.
 
“Carlin gave me a fantastic car, as always, and I’m grateful to all the home fans who came out to support me. I’m focused on going to the final round of the championship at Hockenheim and putting on a show to remember.”
 
The final round of the FIA F3 European Championship takes place at Hockenheim on 14-15 October.