Ferdinand Habsburg: “It was amazing to win a race for Carlin”

Ferdinand Habsburg took his maiden European F3 victory at Spa-Francorchamps - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Ferdinand Habsburg secured his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory at Spa-Francorchamps with a fighting drive from eighth on the grid.

The Carlin driver gained two places on the opening lap after avoiding the chaos at Les Combes that saw both Lando Norris and Guan Yu Zhou retire, before making passes on Jehan Daruvala, Jake Hughes, Callum Ilott and Maximilian Günther to take the lead.

Once there, Habsburg was in total control of the race, pulling away to break the tow from those behind, eventually winning by 2.117 seconds, meaning all three full-time drivers from the Carlin outfit – Habsburg, Daruvala and Norris – have now taken victories in 2017.

“Really pleased, it was amazing to win a race for Carlin; it’s great to have three race winners in the team now,” said Habsburg. “I made a good start, was a little unlucky in turn four.

“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.”

In the other two races, Habsburg finished eighth in race one before ending the weekend with a sixth place in race two, with the results moving him up to eighth place in the championship standings with four rounds remaining.