W Series, the all-female motor racing category which launched in 2019 has announced that Hankook Tyres will continue as their global tyre supplier for the upcoming 2021 season. Hankook has been with the W Series since its inception and as the series prepares to return next month for the first time since the 2019 season-ending event in Brands Hatch, W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir commented on the renewal of their relationship with Hankook saying:
“W Series’ inaugural season was a great success and Hankook played a big part in that, so today’s news that one of our founding partners is continuing to support our mission is fantastic. Despite the enforced postponement of our second season, the momentum behind W Series remains strong and, with the support of all of our partners and Formula 1, 2021 is set to be a very exciting year for us.”
Jamie Chadwick who returns this season and was the first champion in 2019 commented on the news saying:
“Having confidence in the performance of the tyres is vital when you are racing on the limit, and Hankook’s quality and consistency in all conditions during W Series’ first season helped all of the drivers focus on racing which produced lots of exciting on-track battles. This year will be an even bigger challenge as we visit eight new circuits with Formula 1, but I know that Hankook’s team will rise to the occasion again, allowing my competitors and I to shine on motor racing’s biggest stage.”
Manfred Sandbichler (Hankook Motorsport Director Europe) said:
“Hankook has supported W Series as exclusive tyre partner since day one, because we want to help the young drivers find their feet and establish themselves in a motorsport world that is still male-dominated. We are pleased to be able to support W Series again in 2021, now on the same bill as Formula 1. With the Ventus Race tyre, Hankook wants to help the drivers show exactly what they are capable of on an international stage.”
This season, W Series will join the Formula One circus for a number of events throughout the season.