Formula One announce Vietnam GP to take place from 2020, with Hanoi to host brand new city circuit including 22 turns and 1.5km straights allowing drivers to reach 208mph
- Liberty Media have announced their first race since taking over Formula One
- Hanoi City will host the Vietnam Grand Prix every season from 2020 onwards
- The city circuit will have 22 turns and three straights – one measuring 1.5km long
Formula One have confirmed that Vietnam will be added to the Grand Prix calendar from April 2020, with Hanoi set to host the latest city circuit.
It is the first new race to be announced since Liberty Media £6billion purchase of the racing championship.
It is the fourth track on the continent of Asia to be added to the calendar, following in the footsteps of Singapore, China and Japan.
Formula One have confirmed the Vietnam Grand Prix will be added to the calendar from 2020
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F1 announced that a ‘multi-year deal’ to host races had been agreed, but the length of the tenure has not been disclosed.
Confirming the deal, Formula One’s chief executive and executive said: ‘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.
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.
Hanoi’s circuit will see three straights, the longest of which will be one-and-a-half kilometres
Some of the corners have taken inspiration from other tracks, such as Germany’s Nurburgring
‘Our Motosport team, working in collaboration with the City of Hanoi and promoter Vingroup, has worked to enable a circuit that will not only test the drivers but also ensure that our fans enjoy the racing spectacle.’
This circuit, 5.565km in length, is sure to do just that, with F1’s fourth street race hoping to prove it’s fastest thanks to three straights installed as part of the semi-permanent track, the longest of which is one-and-a-half kilometres.
That will see cars reach speeds of up to 208mph and hopefully allow for overtaking, something that can be difficult on other street circuits such as Monaco and Azerbaijan.
There are 22 turns throughout the course, many of which take inspiration from other notorious grand prix tracks.
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The first corner takes inspiration from the Nurburgring in Germany, while turns 12 through 15 are based on the first part of the city circuit in Monaco.
After the reinstatement of a fourth Asian Grand Prix, following the axing of Malaysia in 2017, chairman of Hanoi Nguyen Duc Chung said: ‘We are proud to be hosting the Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix, and showcasing the city of Hanoi to the world with its special combination of ancient and moden beauty from 2020.
‘It’s a further demonstration of Vietnam’s ability, as one of the fastest growing economies in the world to host events on a global scale and attract tourism to the country.’
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