Born in Stuttgart on 28 February 1928, born in Stuttgart, Hans Herrmann began his motorsport career in 1952 in the Hessian Winter Rally, driving a private Porsche 356. In the same year he won a class victory in the Germany Rally. In 1953 and 1954, driving a Porsche, Herrmann won class victories in the legendary “Mille Miglia” 1000-mile race in Italy.
Taking part in Formula 1 and Formula 2 Grand Prix races, sports car races and rallies, Herrmann showed himself to be an enormously versatile racing driver. Apart from Mercedes-Benz, he particularly competed in racing and sports cars from Porsche. He also raced at the wheel of B.R.M., Cooper, Maserati and Veritas racing cars.