Ferdinand Habsburg visited Zandvoort for the fourth round of the FIA F3 European Championship this weekend and came away with championship points after two top-ten finishes comprising fifth place and seventh place results.
The weekend started on the back-foot when the 21-year old’s car suffered oversteer in qualifying one, meaning the best he could achieve was P14. His Carlin team did an impressive job to improve the issue for qualifying two and he recorded the seventh fastest lap for race two and ninth for race three.
In all three races, Habsburg drove well, but the narrow and flowing Zandvoort track made it hard for him to make up many positions. He crossed the line in fourteenth place in race one, fifth in race two and seventh in race three.
“It’s a tough one to take after doing so well here last year,” said Habsburg who qualified in P2 for the Zandvoort event in 2017, just 0.012 seconds off pole, and went on to take two podium results. “This weekend made it very clear to the team and myself that we need to make the car a little better in certain areas to move forward and then I must nail qualifying in order to start at the front. I am very happy to have scored some points again and had some fun battling on track, always a pleasure to drive around Zandvoort in an F3 car.”
Habsburg will be looking to get back on the podium in two week’s time (27-28 July) when the championship heads to Spa-Francorchamps, where he stormed to an exciting and impressive victory last year.