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FIA Formula 3 European Championship more exciting than ever on Hankook race tyres

The title race in the strongest European Formula series for young drivers is entering the finishing straight. No driver has so far been able to pull clear in the championship, meaning the final few races will decide who is crowned champion in a thrilling finale to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The front-runners are even more closely bunched after round seven of the season in Misano, Italy. Estonian Jüri Vips and Mick Schumacher both scored heavily with a victory and a podium finish apiece. They are now poised to pounce in second and fourth place respectively, behind championship leader Daniel Ticktum from Great Britain. New Zealand’s Marcus Armstrong failed to finish in the points in either race and is third in the overall standings. Since 2012, premium tyre maker Hankook has supplied the junior series with the Ventus Race tyre, which offered the young drivers optimal support with its high degree of consistency in changing conditions at the Misano World Circuit.

Misano/Italy, 27th August 2018 – Following his first two wins of the season in Spa and Silverstone, Mick Schumacher continued his run of success in the first of three races in Misano on Saturday. The 19-year-old started from pole position and led from start to finish, leaving Marcus Armstrong and Robert Schvartzman from Russia with no chance in second and third place. “The asphalt here in Misano is very aggressive. Despite this, I was still able to set fast lap times right through to the finish on the Hankook tyres,” said Schumacher after his third victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Race two on Sunday presented the young drivers with particular challenges. A few laps into the race it began to rain a little, meaning the 4.226-kilometre track at the Misano World Circuit alternated between dry and damp sections. With the help of the Hankook slick, the young drivers were able to master these tough conditions. After 23 laps of racing, Estonia’s Jüri Vips was first to cross the finish line, followed by Spaniard Alex Palou and Schumacher in second and third place. Vips: “It was very difficult, particularly when it suddenly started to rain. I have no idea how I won that race. The Hankook tyres really helped me, as you know exactly how they are going to react. I like driving on them, they are easy to manage and last for a very long time compared to other tyres.”

The drivers were greeted with heavy rainfall shortly before the start of race three on Sunday evening, which they all started on the Hankook wet tyre. After two laps behind the safety car, race 21 of the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship was suspended briefly. However, the race resumed a few minutes later in slightly better conditions. Estonian Ralf Aron pulled off a skilful overtaking manoeuvre to snatch the lead from pole-sitter Marcus Armstrong, who came off the track shortly before the end of the race and was forced to retire. The Estonian was followed over the line by his compatriot Vips after 17 hard-fought laps in the pouring rain in Misano. Ferdinand Habsburg from Austria came home third to claim his first podium finish of the season.

“These tough conditions, like here in Misano, suit me. The car was incredible, we managed the tyres perfectly and were extremely quick in the rain. I have spent almost my entire career driving on Hankook race tyres and know them very well. You can drive very fast on them for a very long time. That is what makes the Hankook race tyres so special,” said Aron after his impressive race win in Misano.

Hankook Motorsport Director Manfred Sandbichler: “The young drivers once again treated the spectators in Misano to a display of top-class motorsport in unsettled and sometimes extremely difficult conditions. It is incredible how professional the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the young drivers are. I am sure that we will see a number of them in Formula 1 in the foreseeable future and am proud to be able to support them on their way with the Hankook race tyre.”

The next round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will share the bill with the DTM at the Nürburgring on 8th and 9th September.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship after 21 of 30 races

1. Daniel Ticktum (GBR) 222 points
2. Jüri Vips (EST) 210 points
3. Marcus Armstrong (NZL) 190 points
4. Mick Schumacher (GER) 186 points
5. Ralf Aron (EST) 183.5 points
6. Guanyu Zhou (CHN) 154 points
7. Enaam Ahmed (GBR) 154 points
8. Alex Palou (ESP) 134 points
9. Robert Shvartzman (RUS) 129 points
10. Jehan Daruvala (IND) 117.5 points

Hankook Tire manufactures globally innovative, award winning radial tyres of proven superior quality for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, trucks, and buses as well as motorsports (circuit racing/rallies).

Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in product quality, technological excellence and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire continuously invests in research and development maintaining five R&D centres and eight production facilities around the world. Bespoke tyre solutions for the European markets as well as European Original Equipment according to the requirements of leading premium car manufacturers, are developed in the company’s regional Technical Centre in Hanover/Germany. Production for the European region is taking place in the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Rácalmás/Hungary which was inaugurated in June 2007 and is continuously being expanded. Currently around 3,000 employees produce up to 19 million tyres a year for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks.

Hankook Tire’s European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The manufacturer operates further branches in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 21,000 people worldwide and are selling their products in over 180 countries. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 30 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European and CIS-Region. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.

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44 Jüri Vips (EST, Motopark, Dallara F317 - Volkswagen), 65 Enaam Ahmed (GBR, Hitech Bullfrog GP, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz), 39 Alex Palou (ESP, Hitech Bullfrog GP, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz), 9 Jehan Daruvala (IND, Carlin, Dallara F317 - Volkswagen), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, race 2, Misano (ITA), 24. - 26. August 2018

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Prize giving ceremony, 4 Mick Schumacher (DEU, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, race 1, Misano (ITA), 24. - 26. August 2018

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Prize giving ceremony, 44 Jüri Vips (EST, Motopark, Dallara F317 - Volkswagen), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, race 2, Misano (ITA), 24. - 26. August 2018

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Prize giving ceremony, 44 Jüri Vips (EST, Motopark, Dallara F317 - Volkswagen), 7 Ralf Aron (EST, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz), 62 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT, Carlin, Dallara F317 - Volkswagen), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, race 3, Misano (ITA), 24. - 26. August 2018

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4 Mick Schumacher (DEU, PREMA Theodore Racing, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, Misano (ITA), 24. - 26. August 2018

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9 Jehan Daruvala (IND, Carlin, Dallara F317 - Volkswagen), 39 Alex Palou (ESP, Hitech Bullfrog GP, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, race 1, Misano (ITA), 24. - 26. August 2018

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39 Alex Palou (ESP, Hitech Bullfrog GP, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz), 9 Jehan Daruvala (IND, Carlin, Dallara F317 - Volkswagen), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, race 3, Misano (ITA), 24. - 26. August 2018

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