Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg

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Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
Ferdinand Habsburg.jpg
Nationality Austrian
Born (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 18)
Vienna (Austria)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC career
Current team Fortec Motorsports
Car no. 62
Previous series
Toyota Racing Series
Formula Renault 1.6 NEC
Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
Imperial Prince and Archduke of Austria
Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia
Full name
Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard
House House of Habsburg-Lothringen
Father Karl von Habsburg
Mother Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza
Born (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 18)
Salzburg, Austria
Religion Roman Catholicism

Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg[1] (Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard; born 21 June 1997 in Salzburg),[2] referred to in Austria as Ferdinand Zvonimir Habsburg-Lothringen,[1] in Hungary as Habsburg Ferdinánd Zvonimir, and by his royal name as Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir of Austria, is the eldest son of Karl von Habsburg, now head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He thus is heir apparent to the headship of the House of Habsburg and the Sovereignty of the Order of the Golden Fleece. He is the great-grandson of Emperor Charles I of Austria through his grandfather Otto von Habsburg. Ferdinand Zvonimir is a racing driver currently competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup.


Ferdinand was baptised on 6 September 1998 in Zagreb by Cardinal Franjo Kuharić, and was also given the traditional Croatian name Zvonimir (after King Zvonimir of Croatia from the 11th century). His godparents were his uncle Georg von Habsburg, Alois-Konstantin of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, and Agnes Husslein (born Countess of Arco).[3]

Ferdinand is an Austrian citizen. While his traditional titles (Imperial Prince and Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia) are used abroad and by genealogical literature, they are not recognized by the Austrian government.[4] His grandfather Otto von Habsburg renounced all claims to the Austrian throne, as a necessary condition to return to Austria.


Ferdinand Habsburg, karting.JPG


Habsburg began his racing career at the age of 14 with the Austrian team, Speedworld Academy.[5]
In 2014 after 4 years spent in ROTAX Junior category, winning multiple championship titles, he switched to Rotax DD2 .
He qualified himself 3 times to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (Portimao – 2012, New Orleans – 2013, Valencia – 2014)


  • 2014 - Austrian champion in Rotax DD2, 12th place in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain
  • 2013-Hungarian Champion and Lower Austrian Champion, Central- Eastern European vice-champion in Rotax Junior,

10th place in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in New Orleans, USA

  • 2012 - Lower Austrian Champion, 33rd place in the RMC World Finals in Portimao, Portugal
Ferdinand Habsburg FR 1.6 NEC.JPG

Formula Renault 1.6 NEC[edit]

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.

Toyota Racing Series[edit]

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.

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC[edit]

For 2015, Habsburg decided to switch to the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC for Fortec Motorsports.


In 2014 Ferdinand Habsburg launched, together with his mother Francesca von Habsburg a unique interpretation of racing and art.
The design and the painting of his racecar was made by the famous Swiss designer group, Lang-Baumann.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He has worn racing number 62 since the beginning of his karting career.

Career summary[edit]

Austrian Imperial Family
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815).svg

HI&RH Archduke Karl
HI&RH Archduchess Francesca

  • HI&RH Archduchess Eleonore
  • HI&RH Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir
  • HI&RH Archduchess Gloria

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles Fastest Laps Podiums Points Position
2014 Formula Renault 1.6 NEC[7] Lechner Racing 15 0 0 0 4 213 4th
2015 Toyota Racing Series Victory Motor Racing 16 0 1 1 2 490 11th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Fortec Motorsports

Complete Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Season[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Position Points
2014 Lechner Racing ZAN
4. 213

Complete Toyota Racing Series Season[edit]

Year Team RUA TER HMP TAU MAN Position Points
2015 Victory Motor Racing 6 3 Ret 7 6 12 10 2 11 15 16 16 14 11 14 Ret 11 490

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Croatians celebrate christening of Habsberg heir". The Nation. 22 Sep 1997. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Le baptême de l'archiduc Zvonimir", Point de Vue, no. 2566 (24 au 30 septembre 1997): 10–12.
  3. ^ Royal and noble titles were abolished in Austria by the Adelsaufhebungsgesetz of 3 April 1919.[1] The family name of the members of the former House of Austria was claimed to be Habsburg-Lothringen by an Austrian ministerial decision in 1957 [2] and by a German court (Landgericht Würzburg) on 16 July 1958. The alternative family name "von Habsburg" can be used in all states apart from Austria.
  4. ^ http://www.speedworld-academy.at/
  5. ^ http://langbaumann.com/
  6. ^ "Formula Renault 1.6 NEC 2014 standings". https://www.driverdb.com. 2014. 



External links[edit]

Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 21 June 1997
Line of succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Georg von Habsburg