Aston Martin, DTM newcomers, will contest their debut season on the DTM grid with 21-year DTM rookie Ferdinand Habsburg. In the past two years, the Austrian thrilled the crowds with his achievements in the Formula European Masters predecessor. His promotion right to DTM once again demonstrates the great reputation of drivers who learned their trade in the Formula European Masters. Habsburg will be teamed up with two other former Formula 3 drivers: Paul di Resta and Jake Dennis who also will represent the Aston Martin colours.
“I massively look forward to my DTM debut,” says Ferdinand Habsburg. “It’s a major challenge and for me as rookie, delivering in this field featuring the best touring-car drivers in the world certainly will be anything but easy. Therefore, I set myself the goal to learn as much and as fast as possible to improve my performances race by race.”
In the Formula 3 European Championship he opted for the same approach and improved consistently. The great-grandson of Austria’s last Emperor, Charles I, clinched his first podium at Spa-Francorchamps. Habsburg’s achievements caused a stir and consequently, he was invited to the DTM Young Driver Tests, held a few days after the season finale and contested with the most promising young drivers. Habsburg tested a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM and succeeded in convincing the Aston Martin management right away.
Habsburg’s two team mates Paul di Resta and Jake Dennis also learned their trade in Formula 3. Dennis finished third in the 2016 F3 European Championship and Di Resta even won the Formula 3 Euro Series championship trophy, thus defeating Sebastian Vettel in the battle for the title. The 2019 DTM season will be kicked off in early May at Hockenheim, with the Formula European Masters meetings being held in its support programme.