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ReneCareer, History, Objectives, Family, Passion

His grandfather was an Austrian rally champion, his uncle was the first Tyrolean to compete in Formula 1 and his father no less a figure than champion in the German Formula 3 Trophy. So you could say that a passion for racing runs in Rene’s blood.

The 25-year-old from Fügen in the Zillertal is currently Austria’s only entrant in the official feeder series’ of Formula 1.







Prior to entering the feeder series for Formula 1, the former German Kart Championship runner-up won three races in the German Formula 3 Championship, including an especially impressive victory in rainy conditions at Spa ahead of Tom Blomqvist who now drives for BMW in the DTM.

In his first GP2 season too, Binder caught the eye with some top results, for example P6 and P7 in the prestigious Auto Roulette of Monte Carlo. After valiantly losing out in the 2014 and 2015 campaigns of the official F1 junior series, Rene was persuaded to make a guest appearance in the Renault World Series. The result was a highly creditable eighth place at the Nürburgring, secured under exceptionally difficult weather conditions.

Rene Binder: “I have a score to settle with GP2, because as a rookie driving for a small Italian team, I produced some promising performances which I was unable to capitalise on to any extent. My objective is the new FIA Formula 2, but along the way, I’d like to top up my motivation again by succeeding with one of the really top teams in Formula V8 3.5 (formerly known as the World Series).”

Name: Rene Binder
Born: 1st January 1992
Home town: Fügen (Tyrol)
Education: Graduate of Holztechnikum Kuchl and budding engineer
Languages: German, English, Italian
Hobbies: Karting, skiing (especially in the beautiful Zillertal)
Favourite tracks: Monaco, Singapur and Spa
Favourite food: Pasta Vongole or a juicy steak
Dream holiday destination: Sardinia
Favourite car: VW Golf R

The smell of fresh timber and of highly combustible racing fuel: the passions and purposes of the family who run their own Zillertal-based business could not be more contrasting. Having grown up in relative poverty, Franz Binder Snr purchased a sawmill in 1957. Shortly thereafter, he discovered his love for fast cars and motorcycles.

While the family firm in Fügen slowly but steadily developed into a major enterprise, Franz Binder’s son Hans was making a career for himself in Formula 1, contesting 13 Grand Prix races between 1975 and 1977.

This passion was also shared by Binder’s middle son Reinhard and youngest son Franz Jnr, who enjoyed some success in Formula 3 and the Porsche Supercup, and it has now been passed on to the third generation with Rene as the standard bearer.

Rene’s grandfather, who died in 2013 at the age of 90, came out with a memorable quote 50 years ago, which is just as true today as it was then:

“If you go racing on the weekend, make sure you turn up for work on Monday hale and hearty.” And so it is a matter of course for Rene that, even after landing at Munich airport after a long flight, he will make his way directly to the company offices.

This Tyrolean family-run company is a European market leader in terms of advanced technology and production methods.

More about Binderholz: www.binderholz.com


TeamTeam Spirit, Objectives, Community

Based between Pilsen and Prague, the squad finished second in the team standings of the Formula V8 series in 2016 with drivers Rene Binder and Roy Nissany.

The team, led by their founder Antonin Charouz, has officially lined up under the Lotus banner since 2012 and has signed none other than the Brazilian, Pietro Fittipaldi, to drive alongside the young Austrian during the 2017 season. Pietro is the grandson of ex-Lotus driver Emerson Fittipaldi, who secured two F1 world championship titles in the legendary black and gold livery.


World Series Formula V8 3.5Series, Dates

From the outset, the World Series has been able to establish itself as one of the most important junior series on the planet thanks to a high-performance racing car, whose speed through the turns is on a par with F1. Exceptional drivers such as Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have taken this route to break into grand prix motor racing – at the very least, it has enabled many other talented drivers to make the step up to becoming pros.

With a new name and as partner series to the FIA WEC (FIA long-distance series), the ‘World Series Formula V8 3.5’ will also be contested in the USA, Mexico and Bahrain for the first time in 2017.


Technical specifications and performance data:

Engine: 3,396cc V8-Zytek
Power: 530 bhp – 445 Nm at 7,250 r/min
Vehicle weight: 623 kg

Dates 2017

15/04-16/04 Silverstone, UK
05/05-06/05 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
13/05-14/05 Monza, Italy
27/05-28/05 Jerez, Spain
24/06-25/06 Motorland Aragon, Spain
15/07-16/07 Nürburgring, Germany
02/09-03/09 Mexico City, Mexico
15/09-16/09 Austin, USA
17/11-18/11 Sakhir, Bahrain


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