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Fans enjoy Formula E spectacle in the German capital Berlin

Fans enjoy Formula E spectacle in the German capital Berlin

Two thrilling races at the Berlin E-Prix were the best possible advertisement for Formula E in the German capital, where all the drivers in the fully-electric racing series again lined up on Hankook’s premium product, the iON Race tyre, as they have done since the start of this season. In front of sold out grandstands at the decommissioned Tempelhof Airport, New Zealand’s Mitch Evans from the Jaguar TCS Racing team took victory on Saturday to claim his eighth win in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. His team-mate Sam Bird finished runner-up under a bright blue sky and in temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius. Maximilian Günther (Maserati MSG Racing) pulled off a very strong manoeuvre in the final corner before the chequered flag to pass Sébastien Buemi (Envision Racing) and secure third place on the Hankook tyre in front of his jubilant home fans. After 66 years, this was Maserati’s first podium with a Formula race car. “As the track is very aggressive, I expected that the race could be tough on the tyres. However, I have to say that tyre management was far better than in previous years. The tyre was very consistent. The different surfaces meant the grip level also varied. That was a real challenge, but I really enjoyed it,” said Günther, whose podium result made him the best-placed German in Berlin.

The rain departed Tempelhof Airport just in time for Sunday’s race action, and the second race of this double-header took place on a dry track. The 22 drivers once again treated fans to a feast of overtaking manoeuvre and changes of position, with the lead and podium positions regularly changing hands. As on Saturday, it was again a Jaguar that took the chequered flag after 40 laps of racing. Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) from New Zealand took victory ahead of Britain’s Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti Formula E) and Frenchman Jean Éric Vergne (DS Penske). “The tyre was really very consistent and I was able to push the whole time,” said the happy winner. Cassidy’s victory sees him close to within four points of championship leader Pascal Wehrlein from Germany (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team), who finished sixth on Saturday and seventh on Sunday.

A big surprise was the performance of the two ABT Cupra Formula E Team drivers in the wet qualifying session on Sunday. Pole position for Dutchman Robin Frijns and second place on the grid for team-mate Nico Müller from Switzerland represented the team’s best result in qualifying so far. Unfortunately, they were unable to repeat that strong performance in the race, with Müller finishing ninth and Frijns down in 17th. “We understood the Hankook tyre very well today. It is particularly important in the rain to get the tyre into the working window and tease every little bit of grip out of it. Robin and I did that well and we felt very comfortable on the tyre on the wet track,” Müller explained.

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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Fans enjoy Formula E spectacle in the German capital Berlin

13 DA COSTA Antonio Felix (prt), TAG HAUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, action during the 2023 Berlin ePrix, 6th meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit from April 21 to 23, 2023 in Berlin, Germany - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

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