Ferdinand von Habsburg: The Habsburg Heir To The Hungarian Throne Who Aspires To Become A F1 Driver
Ferenc Sullivan 2016.06.14.
18-year-old Ferdinand von Habsburg, son of Karl von Habsburg, the current head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, has spoken about his passion for motor racing and his plans to become a professional Formula 1 pilot in an interview with MNO.hu.
Ferdinand, who is an Austrian citizen with the traditional titles Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, is determined to become a Formula 1 pilot one day, for which he has the full support of his parents. He also revealed in the interview that although he is no football expert, he will definitely be watching the Euro2016 match between Hungary and Austria today.
While confessing to “not really following the news”, he explained that his father devotes special attention to informing him of the most important events concerning Hungary but pointed out that motor racing is in the focus of his attention.
Having started karting at the age of 11, he began his racing career at the age of 14 with the Austrian team, Speedworld Academy. He has worn racing number 62 since the beginning of his karting career. In 2014 after 4 years spent in ROTAX Junior category, winning multiple championship titles, he switched to Rotax DD2.
In 2014, Habsburg made his début in single seaters, taking part in the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Championship with Lechner Racing. He finished 4th with a 100% finishing rate in 15 races. For 2015, Habsburg contested New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series in January and February 2015 with Victory Motor Racing, finishing 11th in the championship and 5th in the rookie class with two podium finishes. For 2015, Habsburg decided to switch to the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC for Fortec Motorsports.
Habsburg would return to the series with Giles Motorsport for 2016 and is currently third in the championship behind Lando Norris andArtem Markelov.
A speaker of German, English and Spanish and a resident of London, he explained in the interview that bearing the name Habsburg is a help because it opens “many doors” but sponsoration is a different question altogether because many believe that being a Habsburg, he has enough money as it is and does not require financial assistance.
Over three weeks ago, the deeply religious royal heir took the sacrament of confirmation at the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma together with his sister in a ceremony that was attended by the entire family. At the end of the week, on 19 June, he is revisiting Hungary for his first appearance as a racing driver at the “fastastic” Hungaroring race track near Budapest.
Born in Zagreb on 9 September 1997, he is the great-grandson of Emperor Charles I of Austria through his grandfather Otto von Habsburg.