Ferdinand Habsburg: “All of this is excellent for my confidence”

Ferdinand Habsburg - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Although Ferdinand Habsburg was unable to take up his pole position in Monaco due to a two-place grid penalty carried over from the previous round at Motorland Aragon, the Austrian racer was over the moon to be able to prove himself at the legendary street circuit.

The Fortec Motorsports driver was forced to start the race in Monaco from third place on the grid, but quickly made a move on Max Defourny at Massenet to move into second, where he would stay until the chequered flag at a very wet Monaco on Sunday morning.

Habsburg was happy to prove to everyone, including himself, that he can perform on his first visit to a circuit, with the Austrian adding his Eurocup Monaco podium to a pair of podiums in EuroFormula Open at Spa-Francorchamps the week before.

“It means a lot to finish on the podium at Monaco and not just for me!” said Habsburg. “It is important for my sponsors, my family, my fans and everyone who has supported me to allow me to demonstrate my talent in front of so many people.

“For me, the coolest thing was yesterday in taking pole position. Due to my penalty received at Motorland Aragón, I started third, but I made a great pass to pick up a place. I saw a gap, I went for it and it worked.

“All of this is excellent for my confidence and I want to thank the team for the fantastic job they did! I am really delighted with how this weekend went that proved that I can be on pole and on the podium in my first go on a circuit. After this performance, I am really looking forward to the next round!”