Carlin is proud to announce that Ferdinand Habsburg will remain with the team 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 and four podium finishes in 2017.
Confirmation of Habsburg’s 2018 plans comes just days after the 20-year-old completed his debut endurance motor race, the Daytona 24 Hours, claiming an impressive fifth place overall in the #78 Jackie Chan DC Racing by JOTA Oreca LMP2.
It has been an eventful four months for the young Austrian. Habsburg’s much-applauded last corner move at the Macau Grand Prix last November, where the Carlin man passed Sergio Sette Camara for the lead was one of the greatest moments in Formula 3 history and brought him to the attention of many in the industry and media. Habsburg’s passion and determination in those final few moments left him as a firm fan favourite as footage of the event was enjoyed all over the world.
The F3 race winner will now make his assault on the FIA Formula 3 Championship as he battles for the title in his second season in the series.
Habsburg said of the upcoming season, “I am pumped to announce that I am re-joining Trevor and his incredible 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! The team has an incredible history of developing the world’s top drivers and I’m going to work hard to make sure I do them proud. Thanks to everyone who has helped make it possible.”
Speaking about the team’s newest signing 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.”