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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

Berlin and the Formula E World Championship – they simply belong together. The fully-electric racing series has appeared in the German capital every year since it was launched in 2014, and now celebrates its 10th anniversary in Berlin with races nine and ten of the season from 10th to 12th May. The race weekend at the disused Tempelhof Airport is also a special one for Hankook, as Germany is one of the core markets in the world for the company. The circuit in the most populous city in the European Union has a new layout this year, making it a big challenge for the drivers. The 2.343-kilometre racetrack now features 15 corners. “The new layout in Berlin looks superb. As usual, the track has heavy braking zones and a number of very technical sections. The racing will definitely be spectacular again, and the fans can look forward to that. Another good thing for visitors is that overtaking is always relatively easy in Berlin. The race is obviously rather special for me, as Germany is my home. For this reason, I am particularly looking forward to the double-header in Berlin,” says Maximilian Günther from the Maserati MSG Racing team, who won this season’s race in Tokyo.

Hankook Formula E race engineer Thomas Baltes: “Although the layout is different this year, the surface is obviously the same. The concrete slabs on the apron of the disused Tempelhof Airport are very different: some with gravel, some without, and also repaired and eroded in many places. As a result, the grip level on the track changes multiple times and demands the utmost concentration from the drivers. However, our Hankook iON Race performed very strongly in Berlin in Season 9. And that, although we were driving in the rain for the first time there. On the Sunday, the drivers took to the track in wet conditions for Free Practice 3 and qualifying. The drivers can rely on our tyres.”

Fifth place in Monaco was sufficient for German Porsche driver Pascal Wehrlein to defend his lead in the championship. The 29-year-old travels to the double-header in Berlin with 102 points to his name. Trailing him by just seven points in second place is Nick Cassidy (Jaguar TCS Racing). The New Zealander has very fond memories of the Berlin E-Prix and the performance of the Hankook iON Race, as he won the Sunday race last year: “The tyre was really very consistent and I was able to push the whole time,” said the 29-year-old after his victory in 2023. Third in the table is Britain’s Jake Dennis (Andretti Formula E) with 89 points.

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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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

36 LOTTERER André (ger), Avalanche Andretti Formula E, Spark-Porsche, 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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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

Thomas Baltes, Hankook Chief Engineer Motorsport, portrait during the ABB FIA Formula E Valencia Testing 2022 on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo from December 13 to 16, 2022 in Cheste, Spain - Photo Xavi Bonilla / DPPI

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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

58 RAST René (ger), Neom McLaren Formula E Team, Spark-Nissan, Nissan e-4ORCE 04, 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 Joao Filipe / DPPI

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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

27 DENNIS Jake (gbr), Avalanche Andretti Formula E, Spark-Porsche, 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 Germain Hazard / DPPI

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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

Podium: GUNTHER Maximilian (ger), Maserati MSG Racing, Maserati Tipo Folgore, portrait during the 2024 Tokyo ePrix, 4th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Tokyo Street Circuit from March 28 to 30, 2024 in Tokyo, Japan - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

25 VERGNE Jean-Eric (fra), DS Penske Formula E Team, Spark-DS, DS E-Tense FE23, 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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Hankook iON Race is ready for the 10-year anniversary of Formula E in Germany’s capital

94 WEHRLEIN Pascal (ger), TAG HEUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, action during the 2024 Monaco ePrix, 6th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Circuit de Monaco from April 25 to 27, 2024 in Monaco - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

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