Ferdinand Habsburg (officially Habsburg-Lothringen), heir to the lineage that ruled the empire of Austria, is a professional driver with the WRT team in the WEC.
Driving the #31 LMP2 car with Sean Gelael and Robin Frijns, he has proven to be an extremely special person with a big heart and great talent.
The passion for racing started by accident, out of a need to spend more time with his father after his divorce, and from there an all-too-normal career that has seen karts and Formula 3, and then moved on to the DTM when the need for a suitcase full of money to make the big leap proved to be unaffordable.
A driver who puts love into everything he does and expresses sympathy from all pores. When asked about his strong point as a driver, he replied, “I think I am pretty good with people.”
A person always available for teammates to give a hug or a word of comfort, Ferdinand shows what it means to have team spirit and sacrifice, qualities that are fundamental within the endurance world.
And Ferdinand finds himself pleasantly immersed in this world, where teams help each other if a hand is needed or even just for a chat (if you’re interested, the best coffee in the paddock is made by Prema).
A driver who has the humility to admit that pure speed is not his forte, but he finds his groove in being consistent and reliable throughout his stints, a quality that is highly valued by the team according to Ferdinand.
A driver who would just like to race more and have more events during the year because he enjoys it.
This is Ferdinand Habsburg, one of the kindest and most genuine drivers motorsport has right now.
We thank Ferdinand and Emma Laddiman (WRT press officer) for making the interview possible.