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Thrilling finale in India: Jean-Éric Vergne wins the Hyderabad E-Prix on Hankook iON Race

Thrilling finale in India: Jean-Éric Vergne wins the Hyderabad E-Prix on Hankook iON Race

What a great advertisement for Formula E! A highly dramatic race in the Indian city of Hyderabad was followed by thousands of fans, who were treated to exciting wheel-to-wheel battles and thrilling overtakes. With less than one percent of his energy remaining, Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne took the chequered flag with an extremely slender lead to take victory for the DS Penske team, as Formula E made its debut in the fourth largest city in India. “The Hankook tyre was very consistent throughout the whole race. Unlike in Diriyah, I managed to get the tyre working as early as qualifying. I must now take a close look to find out why that was the case, and to ensure we also manage to do so in the coming races,” said the two-time Formula E champion.

Runner-up Nick Cassidy from New Zealand (Envision Racing) was embroiled in a dramatic battle with the eventual winner for many laps, launching one overtaking attempt after another. However, Vergne held his nerve and successfully fended off all the attacks. There was great disappointment for the man who crossed the finish line third. Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi (Envision Racing) was handed a time penalty shortly after the finish, which saw him relegated to 15th place. The beneficiary of Buemi’s misfortune was Portuguese driver António Félix da Costa (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team). He was promoted to third place, earning him a spot on the podium in his 100th Formula E race. Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) continues to lead the overall standings.

Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Director Motorsport: “The first Formula E race in India was definitely a very special experience for everyone. Congratulations to the winner, Jean-Éric Vergne from the DS Penske team. Our tyre mastered the track conditions, which were really difficult, and the high ambient temperatures and supported the drivers, for whom every fraction of a second was vital. After four races with a diverse range of challenges for the Hankook iON Race, I can draw a very positive conclusion. It is good to see how quickly the teams are learning to work with the new Formula E tyre. Through the very close communication with the drivers and engineers, we know how much faith they have in our product. The next race in South Africa awaits at the latest new Formula E circuit, which we are very much looking forward to already.”

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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Thrilling finale in India: Jean-Éric Vergne wins the Hyderabad E-Prix on Hankook iON Race

25 VERGNE Jean-Eric (fra), DS Penske Formula E Team, Spark-DS, DS E-Tense FE23, action during the 2023 Hyderabad ePrix, 3rd meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Hyderabad Street Circuit from February 9 to 11, in Hyderabad, India - Photo Julien Delfosse / DPPI

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