Ferdinand Habsburg has taken a podium in the final round of the FIA European F3 championship at Hockenheim to round-out a season of highs including a sensational victory at Spa-Francorchamps.
The 20-year old qualified in fifth place for the first race of the weekend but was determined to challenge team-mate, and eventual championship-winner, Lando Norris for the race victory. In an exciting battle, Habsburg climbed to second place, passing Norris on the way, before conceding the position and taking third.
“I’m so happy to finish the end of the season with my fourth podium,” commented Habsburg, who couldn’t give higher praise to the team at Carlin. “My engineer Laney and the two boys, Markus and Joe, that was for them. I’m massively grateful to them for being a perfect team around me! Our consistency through the year has been incredible thanks to the entire team at Carlin. The fun and banter combined with hard work… what a feeling of confidence that gives you!”
In fact, Habsburg, who is well known for his big smile and positive outlook, is grateful to everyone who has contributed to this season, which included a podium lock-out for him and his Carlin team-mates.
“Carrying on to my sponsors, who have looked after me all season! Jansen supplying me with the latest and greatest in racing equipment and great background support, Rotax BRP, Gabriele Schöller, AVL, Sean Edwards Foundation and the rest!”
And, was keen to give a special thanks to his team-mates and family.
“Thanks to my team mates, Jehan and Lando for letting me want to kill them and hug them all season… I always will respect you. Along with PAP for looking after us all season, you guys made everything better in every aspect, thank you.”
“Last but not least my family for always believing in me, for helping me through the hardest parts of the season and for being there for the best! My manager Jamie, thanks for being my friend and role model dude! Finally, to my parents and sisters coming to many races! I will always love you!”
After his long and heartfelt thank you speech, Habsburg left Hockenheim and is preparing for possibly the toughest race of the F3 calendar, the Macau GP.