Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg

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Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia
Ferdinand Habsburg.jpg
Born (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 21)
Salzburg, Austria
Full name
Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard
HouseHabsburg-Lorraine
FatherArchduke Karl of Austria
MotherBaroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Austrian imperial family
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815).svg


Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard von Habsburg-Lothringen[2],[1] known colloquially as Ferdinand Habsburg (born 21 June 1997 in Salzburg),[3] is the eldest son of Karl von Habsburg, head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. Habsburg is a racing driver currently competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. In November 2017, he finished 4th in the 2017 Macau Grand Prix after crashing at the final corner of the last lap whilst attempting to complete an overtake for the lead.

Family[edit]

Habsburg was born on 21 June 1997 and is an Austrian citizen. His parents are Karl von Habsburg and Francesca von Habsburg. He was baptised on 6 September 1997 in Zagreb by Cardinal Franjo Kuharić.[5] He was also given the traditional Croatian name Zvonimir (after King Demetrius Zvonimir of Croatia from the 11th century).[citation needed] He is the brother of Eleonore von Habsburg and Gloria von Habsburg.

While his traditional titles[8] are sometimes used socially abroad and in genealogical literature, they are not recognized by the Austrian government, particularly given that his grandfather Otto von Habsburg renounced all claims to the Austrian throne on 31 May 1961. Royal and noble titles were abolished in Austria by the Adelsaufhebungsgesetz of 3 April 1919.[9] 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,[10] 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.

Racing career[edit]

Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
NationalityAustria Austrian
Born (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 21)
Salzburg, Austria
FIA Formula 3 European Championship career
Debut season2017
Current teamCarlin
Car no.62
Starts60
Wins1
Poles0
Fastest laps3
Best finish7th in 2017
Previous series
201517
201516
201516
2014
Toyota Racing Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Renault 1.6 NEC

Karting[edit]

Habsburg in karts

Habsburg began his racing career at the age of 14 with the Austrian team, Speedworld Academy.[11] 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)

Results
  • 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
Habsburg having made the step up into open-wheelers

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. He would return to the series with Giles Motorsport for 2016 and finished fourth in the championship behind Lando Norris, Jehan Daruvala and Brendon Leitch with four podium finishes.

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC[edit]

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

FIA European Formula 3[edit]

For 2017, Habsburg stepped up to the FIA European F3 Championship, racing for Carlin. He had a highly successful season, taking four podiums and a first series win at Spa. However his most impressive drive came in the end of year Macau Grand Prix. In the main race, he battled hard for the lead with Brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara, but was unable to pass. On the final lap, Habsburg took the lead around the outside of the final corner at Fisherman's Bend, but braked too late and understeered into the barriers on the exit of the corner, with Sette Câmara doing exactly the same thing, handing the race win to Câmara's teammate Dan Ticktum. Habsburg eventually limped across the line fourth despite broken front suspension. Nonetheless, the Austrian would gain much praise from both his team boss and journalists for his final lap maneuver, along with his great season as a whole. He is returning to the series again in 2018.

ArtCar[edit]

Together with his mother Francesca von Habsburg, Habsburg launched a unique interpretation of racing and art in 2014. The famous Swiss designer group, Lang-Baumann, designed and painted his race car.[12]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2014 Formula Renault 1.6 NEC[13] Lechner Racing 15 0 0 0 4 213 4th
2015 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Fortec Motorsports 11 0 0 0 0 62 18th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Euroformula Open Championship Drivex School 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Toyota Racing Series Victory Motor Racing 16 0 1 1 2 490 11th
2016 Euroformula Open Championship Drivex School 16 2 4 1 12 247 2nd
Spanish Formula 3 Championship 6 1 1 0 4 90 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsports 15 0 1 0 2 57 10th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 10 0 0 0 2 130 11th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 15 2 0 1 4 727 4th
2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Carlin 30 1 0 2 4 187 7th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 0 0 0 2 568 8th
2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Carlin 30 0 0 2 1 87 13th
International GT Open Drivex School 2 0 0 0 0 1 44th
Weathertech SportsCar Championship Jackie Chan DCR Jota 1 0 0 0 0 26 51st

† As von Habsburg was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score championship points.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2017 Carlin Volkswagen SIL
1

12
SIL
2

13
SIL
3

12
MNZ
1

3
MNZ
2

5
MNZ
3

5
PAU
1

8
PAU
2

8
PAU
3

6
HUN
1

15
HUN
2

10
HUN
3

12
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

15
NOR
3

8
SPA
1

8
SPA
2

1
SPA
3

6
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

6
ZAN
3

2
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

6
NÜR
3

Ret
RBR
1

6
RBR
2

9
RBR
3

4
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

20
HOC
3

Ret
7th 187
2018 Carlin Volkswagen PAU
1

11
PAU
2

11
PAU
3

Ret
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

8
HUN
3

15
NOR
1

18
NOR
2

5
NOR
3

9
ZAN
1

14
ZAN
2

5
ZAN
3

7
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

10
SPA
3

12
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

13
SIL
3

9
MIS
1

12
MIS
2

7
MIS
3

3
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

10
NÜR
3

11
RBR
1

5
RBR
2

8
RBR
3

6
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

12
HOC
3

6
13th 87

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "Croatians celebrate christening of Habsburg heir". The Nation. 22 September 1997. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Le baptême de l'archiduc Zvonimir", Point de Vue, no. 2566 (24 au 30 septembre 1997): 10–12.
  4. ^ 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).[4]
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Croatian Coronation Oath of 1916.. P.2-4, 'Emperor of Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia Apostolic king'
  7. ^ Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia[6][7]
  8. ^ Unternehmensberatung, ADVOKAT. "§ 1 AdaufG (Adelsaufhebungsgesetz) – JUSLINE Österreich". Jusline.at. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Speedworld Academy". Speedworld-academy.at. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  11. ^ "LB". Langbaumann.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Formula Renault 1.6 NEC 2014 standings". Driverdb.com. 2014.
  13. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). S-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Noblesseetroyautes.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Habsburg Heir Installed as Knight in the Order of St. George". Theroyalforums.com. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

External links[edit]

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