There was plenty of over-taking for Ferdinand Habsburg this weekend, as the 19-year old carved his way through the tight-knit pack in each of the three FIA F3 European Championship races at Silverstone Circuit.
Just one second separated the top nineteen cars in the first qualifying session of the weekend, proving that the 2017 F3 season is as competitive as ever. Habsburg showed great pace but failed to link the perfect lap together, leaving him to start race one from P17, race two from P12 and race three from P14.
“I gave myself a lot of work to do this weekend,” he commented. “I wasn’t happy at all with qualifying but I guess the positive is that I know I’m good at over-taking!”
In fact, in race one, the Carlin-run racer passed five cars to climb to P12 and impressed with some clever moves and good pace.
“Race one was good fun and I felt confident in the car,” he continued. “I was happy with my passes but I just didn’t have enough time to climb into the top ten.”
Just as things started to look better, however, a lap one incident in race two sent him to the back of the pack and with a mission on his hands. Not to be deterred, a determined Habsburg carefully picked-off the pack one-by-one to cross the line in P13.
“When you get caught-up in an incident, you have two choices; let it go to your head or battle on,” Habsburg added. “It was a shame not to be able to battle for points again, but I think we showed what I am capable of and what a great car Carlin have given me.”
A fantastic battle with Jake Hughes made for exciting viewing in race three and, after a great move around the outside at Brooklands, Habsburg crossed the line in P12.
“All-in-all it was a weekend of highs and lows for me,” he concluded. “I was quick in the races and my pace was strong. I just need to sort out qualifying to make sure I’m in with a chance of racing inside the top eight.
“I want to say a big thanks to my team Carlin for supporting me throughout a difficult weekend. I will arrive in Monza much stronger.”
Round two of the FIA F3 European Championship takes place at Monza in Italy on 29-30 April.