Hanoi to host Vietnam maiden F1 grand prix in 2020

Formula 1: The climb out of Monaco’s first corner at Sainte-Devote is one of the inspirations for the Hanoi track layout

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is set to host the country’s maiden Formula One grand prix in the year 2020.

And there is already a graphic on the F1 website of the track that will be in use in Hanoi.

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The official F1 website has provided a computer-generated image of the proposed 5.565km track layout in the city of Hanoi.

As a result, Vietnam will host a Formula 1 grand prix for the first time ever in April of 2020.

A “multi-year” deal has even seen the light of day to stage a race on the streets of the capital.

And it happens to be the very first new addition to the calendar under Liberty Media’s ownership of the sport.

“Since we became involved in this sport in the year 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities.

“And that is in a strong effort to broaden the appeal of Formula 1,” F1’s chief executive Chase Carey disclosed.

“Due to this, I can say for a certainty that the Vietnamese Grand Prix is a realization of that ambition.” Carey summed up.

The proposed Hanoi track features a total number of 22 turns over its 5.565km length.

With this, it will emerge as F1’s fourth street race, along with the trio of cities, Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan.

The circuit layout which has its creation in collaboration with ubiquitous Formula One designer, Hermann Tilke also features long straights.

And one of which is 1.5km in length and should see cars reach speeds of around 335km/h (208mph), reports confirm.

The design also borrows liberally from some other world-famous tracks with the first two corners mirroring those of Germany’s Nurburgring.

Duc Chung: “It is a further demonstration of Vietnam’s ability”

Carey added that work had gone through to “enable a circuit that will not only test the drivers.

“But that it will also help to ensure that all of our fans enjoy the racing spectacle,” Carey concluded.

The city of Hanoi chairman, Nguyen Duc Chung added: “It is a further demonstration of Vietnam’s ability.

“And that is as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

“That is to host events on a global scale and attract tourism to the country,” Duc Chung summed up.

The Vietnam Grand Prix becomes the third race to have its establishment in south-east Asia after both Singapore and Malaysia.

But the latter suffered a cancellation following the 2017 race and that was majorly because of very poor ticket sales.

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