Vietnam to stage F1 street race from 2020

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

Silverstone, meanwhile, agreed a 17-year British Grand Prix contract in 2009, though had the ability to exercise a break clause mid-2017 that meant it would stop hosting duties after 2019.

Vietnam will be the fourth venue to hold a race in Asia, joining China, Japan and Singapore on the calendar.

When asked whether events in Britain or Italy could be moved to different locations, Bratches replied: "We're a 68-year-old entity and the nature of grand prix racing is that it is dynamic". "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 realization of that ambition".

Bratches envisions more races in cities like Hanoi and said F1 was carefully considering where to go next based on a number of offers from around the world.

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 Hanoi promoter, Vingroup, signed a multi-year deal to host the grand prix, which will be a street race through the capital city's centre on a 5.65km track.

Formula 1 officially confirmed on Wednesday the arrival of Vietnam and the city of Hanoi on the F1 calendar in April 2020.

"Historically Formula One has been very reactive in terms of people coming to them, but we have been more proactive, going to markets that we think are aligned with our brand values and which provide the opportunity to engage fans in new ways".

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