I’m Ferdinand Habsburg, Austrian racing driver.
Born in 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. Finally 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 LMP2 , 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 car 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.
2019 was the most challenging and exciting year yet as I made my debut in the world-famous DTM championship in the Aston Martin Vantage DTM car with R-Motorsport.
And, that brings me up to 2020, returning to DTM, joining Audi Sport Team WRT