Hankook had several meetings with Ecclestone 3 June, 2013 Hankook has been in talks with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone about replacing Pirelli as F 1’s official tyre supplier. In April, we reported rumours that the South Korean company was an alternative to Pirelli, who are pushing hard for a new contract but also not ruling out quitting the sport. But, over the weekend, reports emerged that a Hankook spokesperson had said that an F1 foray was now ‘impossible’ for 2014. However, the Spanish newspaper Diario As correspondent Manuel Franco has revealed that Hankook representatives have in fact met “several times” with Ecclestone. Subbed by AJN. (GMM) Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.