Hankook Retains Exclusive Hold on W Series

March 3, 2022

Hankook & Co. returns for the third season as the official tire partner for the W Series. The world’s only all-female, single-seater series continues to compete with the Ventus Race tire at all eight Formula 1 weekends in 2022.

Hankook has been a W Series partner since the formula racing series debuted in 2019. The renewed involvement for this season continues Hankook's strategy of providing targeted support to motor racing drivers. This applies in particular to female drivers, for whom W Series represents an opportunity to gather experience in a professional environment at historic circuits.

This year will see W Series racing on the Formula 1 support card for the second time, having already done so in 2021. The schedule features eight venues, five of which will be new circuits for the formula series: including Miami, Japan and Mexico.

One driver expected to contend for the title in the cockpit of the 270 HP car is Jamie Chadwick. The 23-year-old claimed overall victory in the 2019 debut year, repeating the feat in 2021 after the 2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic. While the six wins, from a total of 14 races, tells its own story, Jamie has also been immensely consistent, having made it to the podium for 12 of last season’s races.

“I’m delighted to announce the continuation of W Series’ partnership with Hankook,” says Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of W Series. “W Series has made huge steps since its inaugural season in 2019, and as one of our founding partners, Hankook has played a significant role in the success of the series. Last season saw some brilliant on-track action in a variety of weather conditions, as we joined the global stage of Formula 1. The momentum behind W Series’ mission continues to grow and, with the support of all our partners, 2022 is set to be a very exciting year for us.”

“We have supported W Series with our Ventus Race tire since day one, as we were totally convinced by the concept,” says Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe. “We are delighted to remain the official tire partner for this unique formula racing series for women. Many of the drivers are familiar with the Ventus Race tire and know that they can rely one hundred percent on the Hankook race tire at every circuit. This security helps them to make the most of their talent on the global stage provided by the top-flight Formula 1.”

W Series 2022 Calendar

May 6 – 8: Miami, Fla.

May 20 – 22: Barcelona, Spain

July 1 – 3: Silverstone, Great Britain

July 22 – 24: Le Castellet, France

July 29 – 31: Budapest, Hungary

Oct. 7 – 9: Suzuka, Japan

(tentative) Oct. 21 – 23: Austin, Texas

Oct. 28 – 30: Mexico City, Mexico

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