Hankook supplied racing tyres for W Series’ successful inaugural season in 2019 and will do the same this year when W Series stages eight races in partnership with Formula 1, starting on 26 June.
Hankook has vast motorsport expertise as the partner of many racing series around the world and will provide W Series with complete support. W Series’ Tatuus T-318 F3 race cars will be fitted with the Ventus Race F200 slick tyres in dry conditions and the Z217 tyres in intermediate or wet conditions. In addition, Hankook’s engineers and mechanics will provide support throughout the season, helping W Series’ drivers extract more performance from the tyres.
Catherine Bond Muir (Chief Executive Officer, W Series)
“W Series’ inaugural season was a great success and Hankook played a big part in that, so today’s news that one of our founding partners is continuing to support our mission is fantastic. Despite the enforced postponement of our second season, the momentum behind W Series remains strong and, with the support of all of our partners and Formula 1, 2021 is set to be a very exciting year for us.”
Jamie Chadwick (W Series’ 2019 champion) said:
“Having confidence in the performance of the tyres is vital when you are racing on the limit, and Hankook’s quality and consistency in all conditions during W Series’ first season helped all of the drivers focus on racing which produced lots of exciting on-track battles. This year will be an even bigger challenge as we visit eight new circuits with Formula 1, but I know that Hankook’s team will rise to the occasion again, allowing my competitors and I to shine on motor racing’s biggest stage.”
Manfred Sandbichler (Hankook Motorsport Director Europe) said:
“Hankook has supported W Series as exclusive tyre partner since day one, because we want to help the young drivers find their feet and establish themselves in a motorsport world that is still male-dominated. We are pleased to be able to support W Series again in 2021, now on the same bill as Formula 1. With the Ventus Race tyre, Hankook wants to help the drivers show exactly what they are capable of on an international stage.”