Career in motorsports
Franz Binder (1924-2013), the father of Hans Binder, founded in 1950 in Add a timber trading company, today Binder Holz GmbH, and operating alongside racing. He drove national rallies and could reach the 1961 Austrian national champion title at DKW.
1972, at the age of 24 years, Hans Binder made a driving course at the Jim Russell Racing School at Austria near Zeltweg ring, was Best price, winning his first Formula Ford race at the Salzburg Ring. This was followed by a full season in Formula Ford, who won the Austrian championship in this class and was second at the European Championships. Thus came 1974, the promotion to the next higher class - Formula 3 - with a March. He could bring in a win at the Nürburgring, this strong driving skills services and good rankings came in the European Championship. He was second in Hockenheim, Kassel and at the Jyllandsringen.
In 1975 the formula 2 A March - BMW was purchased, Helmut Marko was team manager. Binder went against, among others, Jean -Pierre Jabouille, Jacques Laffite and Vittorio Brambilla. He was second in the Championship race at the Salzburg Ring, managed fourth place in Zolder and was fifth in Magny Cours. At the end he reached the 13th place in the European Championship of Formula 2
Binder was in 1976 in Formula 2, this time with a chevron BMW, but again with Marko as team boss. He finished fourth in Estoril and Nogaro and fifth place in Enna before for Binder - opened the door to the formula 1 - in front of the Grand Prix of Austria 1976. Racing in Germany, two weeks earlier, Niki Lauda was serious accident at the Nurburgring. Lauda was missing thus at their home race. At the same time driving for the British Ensign - team Chris Amon after many setbacks had become tired of race and gave up a start in Zeltweg. Therefore, and with some sponsor money binder could start. He went on his first Grand Prix, with the Ensign N 176- Ford -Cosworth, from 19th on the grid on the grid, but fell in the 47th round with a defective accelerator pedal from. At the end of the year he started again, this time in a Williams FW05 of the British racing team Walter Wolf Racing, where he stepped in for the initially intended Masami Kuwashima, whose sponsors had withdrawn shortly before the race. Binder went from 25th place on the grid into the race. In the 49th round on strike at Williams FW05 Ford Cosworth a wheel bearing, so binder turned out again.
1977 Hans Binder wrote a contract for work at Surtees. With the Surtees TS19, he started for the time being until the Monaco Grand Prix six times in a row. Best finish was a ninth place finish at the Grand Prix of Spain. After a brief stint in the German ATS team, with launches in Zeltweg and Zandvoort with the Penske PC4 Ford -Cosworth, Hans Binder drove the season for Surtees countable without success to end. Surtees and binder had different views on sponsor payments and even moved in court later.
John Surtees, the team owner and Formula 1 World Champion of 1964, about Hans Binder: " Hans has been better than his results. He would have had the ability to make more of his career - but he did not feel at all costs. He liked the scene, he liked the idea of being a Formula 1 driver. But what he lacked was the cold ambition. " Surtees extended the contract not with Hans Binder.
Hans Binder could not find a car race. In 1978, he once again had the opportunity to qualify for a race. ATS gave him a car for the home race at Austria ring. The car was too slow - Binder not managed to qualify.
Together with his two brothers, he runs the company Binder GmbH wood with 1150 employees and an estimated 400 million euros in annual sales.