Habsburg 'still proud' amid dramatic finish
20 November 2017 – Carlin's Ferdinand Habsburg underlined that he was not prepared to settle for second at the Macau Grand Prix, after crashing out of the lead battle at the last turn of the final lap of the race.
Habsburg moved up to third when Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clashed early on, and overhauled Maximilian Günther for second, setting off in pursuit of Sérgio Sette Câmara.
Habsburg caught Sette Câmara during the closing laps and harassed the Brazilian, setting up a move through Fisherman's Bend, enabling him to carry greater speed on the approach to R. Bend.
Habsburg went around the outside of Sette Câmara but skated into the barriers, while his Motopark rival also hit the wall, as both lost control in separate incidents.
The Austrian dragged his car across the line to record fourth position, as Red Bull-backed Daniel Ticktum claimed victory, ahead of Habsburg's team-mate Lando Norris.
"The car and our pace was strong and I was looking after tyres well – I felt like I was doing everything I needed to do," Habsburg reflected.
"I managed to get past Günther in a great move then started to catch Sergio ahead and found myself able to attack in the last three laps.
"I caught right up to him and I gave it everything, honestly everything.
"I knew I was faster and that I had better tyres – I wasn't going to finish second, I wanted that win. So I pushed and did everything I could.
"I'm still proud of what we achieved."
Sette Câmara, having held the lead for the bulk of the race, was philosophical about the outcome.
"Towards the end my tyres really dropped a lot, there was a lot of pressure from Ferdinand, who drove really well," said Sette Câmara.
"Anyway, I managed to defend [against] him in the main straight, used my brakes to prevent him [passing].
"For the rest of the lap, the next six kilometres, I had absolutely no tyres, he was trying to pass me everywhere.
"I did my best, it's a World Cup, you win or you lose, there's no compromise.
"I had to try my best, in the last corner he put the car in front of mine, we were really close, I lost all my downforce, I also had to lock my fronts to not hit him and we ended up in the wall."