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Classics: Negotiations with Hankook: Does DTM change the tire partner again?

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Which tire mark is the DTM 2022 to start? The teams are still falling in the dark for almost two months after the season finale on the Norisring, which makes the preparations more difficult for the upcoming season.

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and this has a reason: because according to information by '', the decision is not yet liked if the contract concluded in the end of February 2021 is extended with Michelin. Instead, a return to ex-partner Hankook is also a topic.

Although it came to break between the DTM and the South Korean tire manufacturer at the beginning of the year, Hankook 2021 continued to provide the DTM Trophy frame series.

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Why Hankook comeback for iTR attractive would be

The final race of the DTM season 2021 fell on that not only Hankook engineer Thomas Baltes was on site, but also Hankook sports boss Manfred Sandbichler appeared in the DTM paddock. In fact, there were already negotiations on cooperation in the season 2022 - and it's about a comeback in the DTM.

This is surprising insofar as the contract completed in 2019 would have been valid with Hankook until 2023, but after the Class 1 end and the manufacturer's exit of Audi and BMW came to a resolution prematurely.

For DTM-Boss Gerhard Berger, further collaboration with Hankook would be quite attractive, as the South Korean tire manufacturer, which exists from the season 2022/2023 the formula E, also occurs as a potent sponsor as opposed to Michelin. Every year, one paid several million euros into the ITR budget.

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uses Berger Hankook for Michelin negotiations? By contrast,

Michelin relies on the approach to focusing on the quality of the tires - and continues with advertising materials. This ensures the GT3 tires of the French for better lap times. And at least a year ago, the DTM was worth it to be the fastest GT3 series.

A change would also be a challenge for Balance-of-Performance partner AVL, as the collected data from the past DTM season would only be conditionally applicable and one would have to get along with the classification of the Bolids again without much experience.

According to the information of '', the tendency is currently rather towards a continuation of cooperation with Michelin. It can not be ruled out that Berger also uses the talks with Hankook negotiation tactical to agree with Michelin for more favorable conditions.

with image material from DTM.

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