Vietnam and Hanoi City have been revealed to become the latest host city for Formula 1 with Grand Prix bosses revealing the Vietnam Grand Prix circuit to join the 2020 calendar.

As the first new race to be announced under Liberty Media’s ownership, the Hanoi Street Circuit is anti-clockwise across 5.565 kilometres of road becoming the fourth Formula 1 race event in the Asian region alongside well-backed races in Singapore, Japan and China.

The trend in street circuits joining the calendar continue as the track features long straights, winding curves and tight complexes sharing similar characteristics to the Baku City Street Circuit which has featured on the Formula 1 calendar since 2016.

With an opening ceremony taking place in Vietnam’s capital on Wednesday evening, F1 Boss Chase Carey explained Vietnam’s partnership makes a perfect fit in Liberty’s long-term strategy to “broaden the appeal” of the sport and reach new audiences around the globe.

“Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1,” Carey said.

“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.

“Our Motorsport team has worked to enable a circuit that will not only test the drivers but also ensure that our fans enjoy the racing spectacle. We are really looking forward to seeing Formula 1 cars speeding around the streets of this fantastic city from 2020.”

Located on the outskirts of Hanoi, the circuit consists of 22 turns with a 1.5-kilometre back straight.

Early simulations suggest cars could reach over 335 km/h along the back straight as a pit complex remains to be built in a newly constructed area nearby My Dinh National Stadium. Most of the track, however, will run on already built public road.

“We are excited to see that our work with Formula 1 to secure this deal has finally come to fruition,” added Nguyen Viet Quang, CEO of Vietnam Grand Prix’s promoter Vingroup.

“An essential part of this collaboration has been making sure that we not only showcase the city of Hanoi but also deliver an exciting race for Formula 1 fans in Vietnam and around the world. With the mission of “a better life for Vietnamese people”.

“We wants to bring this race to Vietnam because of the general benefits to the society such as more jobs will be created, the infrastructure of Hanoi will be upgraded, and other bigger worldwide events will be encouraged to take place in Vietnam.”

The new event is set for an April 2020 calendar slot with only the circuit so far to be revealed. Vietnam will become the 33rd country to host a Formula One World Championship event and the sixth in Asia.

Image via Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and Formula 1


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Luke McCullough

Melbourne Based - 17 Grand Prix attendances and counting in Australia, Singapore, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain.