Ferdinand Habsburg

HABSBURG TAKES FIA F3 RACE WIN AT SPA

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Rising single-seater star Ferdinand Habsburg claimed his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship victory at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium this weekend. The young Austrian stormed through the field from eighth on the grid to take a spectacular win in front of tens of thousands of fans. 

The race, which was the second of the weekend, started well for Habsburg as he avoided the opening lap chaos and emerged in sixth, two places ahead of his grid position. On lap two, he climbed to fifth and found himself in a battle for fourth with Carling Racing team-mate Jehan Daruvala.

On lap five, Habsburg passed Daruvala and began to hunt down Hughes for a podium position. Two laps later he had gained the position and set his sights on the battling pair of Gunther and Ilott. With a fantastic move on Ilott into Les Combes for second place he closed in on race leader Gunther, who he later stormed past to take the lead. Even more impressive was that Habsburg then pulled out a 2 second gap to consolidate his lead which he held to the chequered flag. 

“I made a good start, was a little unlucky in turn four,” he said. “But it didn’t matter as we had a really fast car from Carlin Racing.  I got through the pack, had really good pace and managed to drop the cars behind and importantly break the tow very quickly.  It feels awesome to take my first race win here at Spa. I would like to thank all my supporters and family for all their support.” 

Race 1 saw Habsburg with his usual excellent race-craft gaining 5 places to go from P13 to 8th place by the flag. The highlight being a great last lap overtake on last year’s rookie champion, Joel Eriksson. 

Race 3 saw Habsburg in another entertaining race. A poor start from P8 dropped him to 10th place. Habsburg’s determination produced some excellent moves again. By the flag, he gained 4 places to take a well earnt 6th place to top off an excellent weekend for the Austrian. 

Manager Jamie Campbell-Walter was equally delighted with his young charge.

“This will now give Ferdinand the inner belief to perform at a better level more consistently. A race win like this has an amazing effect on any driver. An excellent weekend from him.”

Ferdinand next races at Zandvoort on August 18-20.

Ferdinand next races at Zandvoort on August 18-20.

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