Formula 1 (F1) has just announced a new destination for their race calendar, at the busy streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. The inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix is set to commence in April 2020.
The Vietnamese GP will be F1’s fourth street circuit, joining Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan. It is also the fourth race in Asia following Malaysia’s departure from the sport. The 22-turn, 5.565 km is located in the vicinity of the My Dinh National Stadium and will feature a unique hybrid layout, combining street circuit with a permanent section within the city’s topography.
Taking inspiration from other famous circuits around the world, the final design will be the culmination of F1’s Motorsports team, circuit design company Tilke, City of Hanoi authorities, FIA and VinGroup – the official race promoter for the Vietnamese GP.
The circuit will feature a combination of slow-speed hairpins, high-speed S corners and a 1.5 km straight where F1 cars are expected to hit 335 km/h through the speed trap. FIA representatives are in the midst of obtaining a homologation licence for the circuit once the governing body is satisfied with the track’s safety and meets their Grade 1 requirements.
VinGroup, the country’s largest conglomerate focusing on real estate development has signed a multi-year deal to host the Vietnamese GP. The group is also responsible for Vietnam’s first national car brand, VinFast which is expected to hit showroom floors in 2019.