Ferdinand Habsburg


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Ferdinand Habsburg (AT) took a second place finish in the third of three European F3 Championship races at Zandvoort yesterday following two successful qualifying sessions that put him on the front row of the grid. 

In the previous round of the championship at Spa Francorchamps, Habsburg took a race win after starting the race in eighth and the youngster vowed to make life easier for himself by qualifying in a better position going forward. 

Doing exactly that, he qualified for race one in second place just 0.01 seconds off his pole-sitting Carlin team-mate, Lando Norris. 

At the start of the race, however, a damp track on the right-hand side of the grid slots lost Habsburg four places. He eventually crossed the line in fourth with a great move around the outside of turn one.

Starting in sixth place for race two, a processional race followed, crossing the line in sixth place and more points in the bag, but he knew that he had to make his second front row start of the weekend count. 

In the third race of the weekend, Habsburg had qualified in second place once again, this time 0.07 seconds off pole. The Austrian racer did a fantastic job to cross the line in second place and taking a 1-2 result for his Carlin Team. 

“What a weekend for Carlin!” he commented. “They gave us a fantastic car and I’m really happy with my qualifying positions. It’s a shame the wet conditions played a part in race one but it felt good to take another podium in race three.” 

“I knew that my key area of improvement was my qualifying and I feel like we’re making big gains. It’s a good confidence boost and I’m looking forward to continuing at the Nürburgring.”

The European F3 Championship continues at Nürburgring on 9/10 September. 

The European F3 Championship continues at Nürburgring on 9/10 September. 

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Ferdinand Habsburg will return to LMP2 racing later this month, after a three-year hiatus from the category, as he has been signed by World Endurance Championship team High Class Racing to contest the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – the world famous Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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