News: Binder Considering IndyCar

Austrian driver Rene Binder is considering a switch to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2018 season. Binder, who currently drives for Lotus in the World Series Formula V8 3.5 Series, which was formerly known as Formula Renault 3.5, is currently second in the championship with eight races left. He trails teammate Pietro Fittipaldi by 14 points.

According to Autosport.com, Binder said, "I would be interested in doing something in IndyCar because I really like it - the street circuits and this kind of racing." He also goes on to say that he will be at Sonoma to watch the race after they race in Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

Binder raced for five seasons in the Formula 2 series (previously known as GP2). 2017 is his second full season in World Series Formula V8 3.5, both with Lotus. Last season, he finished on the podium five times but did not win. He finished 7th in the points, 28 points behind then teammate Roy Nissany.

IndyCar has seen several drivers come from World Series Formula V8 3.5, like Alexander Rossi, Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Huertas, Stefano Coletti, Bertrand Baguette, and Pippa Mann.

Rene Binder 2017 (Photo: Charouz Racing)

My Opinion

From a black-and-white point of view, Rene Binder's results don't jump out at you. His career in GP2 was far from impressive, though outside factors like quality of equipment surely play into that. At 25 years old, he's not exactly old, but his window for obtaining an IndyCar seat is small. With a lack of rides available, he will likely need to bring funding.

If I could have my pick at which driver from the World Series Formula V8 3.5 would come to IndyCar, Binder wouldn't be my top choice. I would take his teammate Pietro Fittipaldi, who is the grandson to IndyCar Champion, 2x Formula 1 Champion, and 2x Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi. At 21, Pietro has an outstanding career in front of him. If a move to Formula 1 isn't in the cards, I would love to see him in IndyCar.


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-Matthew Hickey