Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg

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Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
Ferdinand Habsburg.jpg
Born (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 19)
Salzburg, Austria
Full name
Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Archduke Karl of Austria
Mother Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza
Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
Nationality Austria Austrian
Born (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 19)
Salzburg, Austria
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC career
Current team Fortec Motorsports
Car no. 62
Previous series
Toyota Racing Series
Formula Renault 1.6 NEC
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

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 Habsburg dynastic claims and to the grand magistry 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.


Styles of
Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria.svg
Reference style His Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Ferdinand was baptised on 6 September 1997 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, 9th Prince 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 (Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia[4][5]) are used abroad and in genealogical literature, they are not recognized by the Austrian government.[6] 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.[7] 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.

He qualified three times for 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]

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.

Habsburg would return to the series with Giles Motorsport for 2016 and is currently third in the championship behind Lando Norris and Artem Markelov.

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC[edit]

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


In 2014 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.[8]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles Fastest Laps Podiums Points Position
2014 Formula Renault 1.6 NEC[9] 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 11 0 0 0 0 62 18th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 5 0 0 0 0 - -
Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS 3 0 0 0 0 - -
Euroformula Open Drivex School 2 0 0 0 0 - -
2016 Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 15 2 0 1 4 727 4th
Euroformula Open Divex School 6 1 2 1 5 96 2nd
Macau Grand Prix Fortec Motorsports

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Croatians celebrate christening of Habsberg heir". The Nation. 22 September 1997. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Le baptême de l'archiduc Zvonimir", Point de Vue, no. 2566 (24 au 30 septembre 1997): 10–12.
  3. ^ Kaiser Joseph II. harmonische Wahlkapitulation mit allen den vorhergehenden Wahlkapitulationen der vorigen Kaiser und Könige. . Since 1780 official title used for princes (zu Hungarn, Böheim, Dalmatien, Kroatien, Sflavonien, Königlicher Erbprinz)
  4. ^ Croatian Coronation Oath of 1916. . P.2-4, 'Emperor of Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia Apostolic king'
  5. ^ 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 declared 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" may be used in all states apart from Austria.
  6. ^ "Speedworld Academy - speedworld-academy". speedworld-academy.at. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "LB". langbaumann.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Formula Renault 1.6 NEC 2014 standings". https://www.driverdb.com. 2014.  External link in |website= (help)


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