VIETNAM TO HOST F1 GRAND PRIX IN HANOI STREET
Vietnam will host its first-ever Formula One race in April 2020, bringing the prestigious series to a country where auto racing is a very new sport.
Hanoi promoter Vingroup has signed a multi-year deal to host the race, which will start as “a thrilling street race” in Vietnam’s capital around a 5.565 kilometer track.
Details of the circuit have been released by F1, showing the track in a suburb of Hanoi located around 12 kilometer west of the city centre and is part of an 800.000 square meter complex with a seating capacity of 120.000. It features 22 turns along with a straight nearly one and a half kilometer long and has borrowed elements from other circuits: Turns one and two from the opening corners of the Nurburgring; turns 12 to 15 similar to the climb from Sainte Devote at Monaco and the 16-19, the esses at Suzuka.
The official announcement of the event last Wednesday, November 7th has made Vietnam the fourth country in the Asian leg of the Formula One calendar, joining the established Chinese, Singapore and Japanese grands prix.
“Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1 and the Vietnamese Grand Prix is a realisation of that ambition,” said F1 chairman Chase Carey.
“We are thrilled to be here in Hanoi, one of the most exciting cities in the world right now with such a rich history and an incredible future ahead of it.
“This is the perfect formula for Grand Prix racing and I look forward to this becoming a real highlight of the F1 calendar.”
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 7, 2018
According to the local media, another press is set in April 2019 to announce more details concerning race schedule, time and duration, price ticket, and various side events and exhibits.