Ferdinand Habsburg will remain with Carlin for the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Austrian racer will stay with the British squad for his second season in the competitive junior category, having claimed a race win at Spa-Francorchamps and four podium finishes in 2017.
Ferdinand Habsburg had a successful first year finishing the FIA F3 European Championship season on seventh position in the overall ranking last year. Two highlights lit up particularly bright though: His first victory in a FIA F3 European Championship race on the Belgium Formula 1 track at Spa-Francorchamps and his remarkable performance at the FIA F3 World Cup in Macau. In a great fight for the top, Habsburg overtook Sergie Sette Camara with a brave move, but unfortunately neither one of them was able to make the last corner and they both ended up in the barriers, with Habsburg passing the checkered flag as fourth. Last weekend he proved his talent in the 24 hours of Daytona, his first ever endurance race. Together with his teammates Alex Brundle, António Félix da Costa and Ho-Pin Tung the 20-year-old claimed an impressive fifth place overall in the Jackie Chan DC Racing by JOTA Oreca LMP2 car.
Habsburg is looking forward to the upcoming season: “I’m happy to announce that I am re-joining Trevor Carlin and his team this year. I can’t wait to get back to racing with the Carlin boys that I have become very close with over the last 14 months. Feeling comfortable within a team is going to be a big strength that we will take advantage of – we’re going to hit this year’s championship hard from round one on. The team has an incredible history of developing the world’s top drivers and I’m going to work hard to make sure I make them proud.”
Speaking about the team’s newest signing, team principle Trevor Carlin said: “We’re so happy to have Ferdinand back in the team for the 2018 season. The progress he has made in the car since he first joined us in 2017 is amazing and his passion and determination was clear for everyone to see in Macau in November. Out of the car, Ferdinand remains completely professional and one of the nicest drivers to deal with. I’ve no doubt he will be a great asset to the team in 2018.”