Vietnam to host Formula One race from 2020

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

Get April 2020 in your calendars, F1 fans, because that's when the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix will take place.

The Vietnamese Grand Prix is the first race to be added to the calendar under Liberty Media's ownership following their takeover.

The country's largest conglomerate, Vingroup, will be the race promoter, having signed a multi-year deal to host the GP, which will feature a street circuit located in the heart of Hanoi.

The 5.6 kilometre (3.5 mile) track will include existing roads and portions that have yet to be built, according to a press release from the Hanoi Municipal People's Committee.

The circuit has been designed by a collaboration between F1's motorsports team, circuit design company Tilke as well as input from city of Hanoi authorities and Vingroup, with governing body the FIA also part of the process.

The circuit features a whole range of corners from a slow-speed hairpin and slow to medium-speed corner combinations as well as the aforementioned Esses, not to mention a couple of long straights, one of which is 1.5 km in length and is expected to witness speeds of 335km/h through the speed trap.

Turns 1 and 2 are based on the opening corners at the Nurburgring, while Turns 12 through to 15 have been inspired by the run from Turn 1 (Ste Devote) up to Massenet at Monaco.

Vietnam is a growing market for sponsors such as brewer Heineken HEIN.AS and would be give East Asia four races on the calendar again after the departure of Malaysia.

It is also hoped that feeding the pit lane out after turns one and two will reduce the time taken to pit and will entice teams into multi-stop strategies - with tiresome one-stoppers a current issue with several F1 races.

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