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High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

Heated battles, exciting races and the Hankook iON Race thrilled spectators, as Misano on the Adriatic coast hosted a double-header in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for the first time. In perfect conditions, with glorious blue skies and roughly 25 degrees Celsius on both race days, the 22 drivers treated fans in Italy to two thrilling races at the 3.382-kilometre Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

After 28 laps of racing and many changes of position, Porsche driver António Félix da Costa from Portugal took the chequered flag on Saturday. The 32-year-old was able to push until the finish, thanks to the high level of grip provided by the Hankook iON Race, and successfully fended off attacks from his rivals after racing into the lead from fifth place. “The tyre was very good. We have been racing on it for one and a half years now and invest an awful lot of time in understanding the tyre and getting the most out of it. The only thing that connects the car to the ground is the tyre, so we put a lot of energy into it. It is a challenge that you have to overcome. When it works well and you end up winning, it feels very good,” said da Costa after the race.

However, there was to be bad news for the Porsche driver: roughly five hours after the race, the Portuguese was disqualified, as the throttle damper spring on his car was found not to conform with regulations. The rest of the field was subsequently promoted one position, leaving Oliver Rowland (Nissan Formula E Team) to inherit the victory. The Brit was also very happy with the Hankook iON Race: “As far as performance is concerned, the tyre is extremely consistent. I think we understand the Hankook tyre really well in the race, and are able to make it last longer. If you are careful not to spin it early in the race, it continues to work very well right through to the finish.” Jake Dennis (Andretti Formula E) and Maximilian Günther (Maserati MSG Racing) were promoted to second and third place respectively.

The crowds enjoyed a truly dramatic climax to Sunday's race: Rowland led going into the final lap, but then ran out of energy. As he dropped back through the field, Porsche driver Pascal Wehrlein came through to take victory. The German got the Hankook iON Race into the optimal temperature range and was among the leading group for all 26 laps. This was the 29-year-old's second success of the season. Dennis came home second, ahead of third-placed Nick Cassidy from the Jaguar TCS Racing team.

Wehrlein and Dennis are tied at the top of the table on 89 points after seven of 16 races.

Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director: “The Formula E World Championship’s first appearance in Misano was a great success. On the one hand, we were treated to two very exciting races. On the other hand, our premium product, the Hankook iON Race, exploited its strengths superbly on each day of the event. In hot, summery conditions, the drivers soon got our tyres into the ideal working window and were thus able to take full advantage of the support provided by the Hankook iON Race, which allowed them to push to the max. The positive feedback from the drivers has shown once again that our product is ideally suited to Formula E and the demands of the series. More than 500 overtaking manoeuvres in one race is something I have never seen before. That is the best possible advert for Formula E.”

For decades, Hankook has been one of the first ports of call when it comes to international motorsport. Hankook supplies its race tyres to globally-renowned series, high-class junior formats and popular grassroot events. With new collaborations and partnerships, the company is constantly enhancing its status as a global player on the motorsport scene. Since the 2023 season, Hankook has been the new and exclusive technical partner and tyre supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In close cooperation with Formula E, the iON Race was developed for the world championship. Roughly 30 percent of the high-performance tyre is made of sustainable materials. With this commitment, Hankook is taking another pioneering step towards energy efficiency and sustainability in motorsport. The premium tyre maker has also agreed a further collaboration with Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini Squadra Corse and has been official technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo since 2023. Hankook’s portfolio covers a broad spectrum. This includes the 24H Series powered by Hankook, one of the most prestigious endurance series in the world, as well as the FIA ERC4 Junior Championship on the rally scene. Hankook also supports popular touring car championship TCR Italy, many high-class one-make cups for a wide range of renowned manufacturers, junior single-seater series, and assorted international racing events with race tyres and technical know-how.

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High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

04 FRIJNS Robin (nld), Envision Racing, Jaguar I-Type 6, action 05 HUGHES Jake (gbr), NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, Nissan e-4ORCE 04, action 09 EVANS Mitch (nzl), Jaguar TCS Racing, Jaguar I-Type 6, action during the 2024 Misano ePrix, 5th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from April 11 to 14, 2024 in Misano Adriatico, Italy - Photo Germain Hazard / DPPI

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High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

13 DA COSTA Antonio Felix (prt), TAG HEUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, action during the 2024 Misano ePrix, 5th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from April 11 to 14, 2024 in Misano Adriatico, Italy - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

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High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

ROWLAND Oliver (gbr), Nissan Formula E Team, Nissan e-4ORCE 04, portrait, DA COSTA Antonio Felix (prt), TAG HEUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, portrait during the 2024 Misano ePrix, 5th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from April 11 to 14, 2024 in Misano Adriatico, Italy - Photo André Ferreira / DPPI

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High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

WEHRLEIN Pascal (ger), TAG HEUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, portrait during the 2024 Misano ePrix, 5th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from April 11 to 14, 2024 in Misano Adriatico, Italy - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

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High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

01 DENNIS Jake (gbr), Andretti Global, Porsche 99X Electric, action during the 2024 Misano ePrix, 5th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from April 11 to 14, 2024 in Misano Adriatico, Italy - Photo Grégory Lenormand / DPPI

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High grip levels, courtesy of the Hankook iON Race, make for two thrilling Formula E races in Italy

Manfred Sandbichler Hankook Motorsport Director portrait, during the 2024 Misano ePrix, 5th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from April 11 to 14, 2024 in Misano Adriatico, Italy - Photo Grégory Lenormand / DPPI

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