F1 set for first ever Vietnamese Grand Prix in Hanoi in 2020

F1 set for first ever Vietnamese Grand Prix as government officials claim it will take place in 2020 in Hanoi

  • Vietnam government officials will reveal plans for  2020 race in Hanoi next week
  • Country have hosted a Formula One event but claim it will attract tourists
  • Liberty Media keen to increase annual F1 events from existing record of 21
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Formula One is set to give the go ahead for a Vietnamese Grand Prix in Hanoi after the country’s government officials claimed the circuit will be unveiled at a Gala next week. 

Although the FIA has yet to confirm any official details of the race, the country and former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone believe it is likely to get the nod in time for the 2020 season.

The circuit is planned to be built on the western edge of Hanoi, with the Hanoi People’s Committee claiming more details will come on Wednesday.

Vietnam is set to join Singapore in representing south east Asia on the F1 calendar in 2020

Vietnam is set to join Singapore in representing south east Asia on the F1 calendar in 2020

Although there is a limited motorsport fanbase to appeal to in the country it is seen as a growing market for sponsors, with the race set to be privately funded rather than government backed.

Mai Tien Dung, chief of the government office, said in August: ‘Hanoi authorities have asked people living in the planned area for their opinions about holding the race and they have all shown their support, to attract tourists.’

The race would be a landmark moment for Liberty Media, as it will be their first new race added to the calendar since taking control of the sport in 2017.

Asia lost a race after the Malaysian GP dropped off the calendar following 19 runnings in 2017

Asia lost a race after the Malaysian GP dropped off the calendar following 19 runnings in 2017

It would also join Singapore in representing south east Asia, bringing the region’s grand prix circuits back up to two following the withdrawal of Malaysia this year after 19 seasons.

If the race gets confirmation, it will take the existing allocation of grand prix events up to a record of 22 – although the British Grand Prix’s future is still in doubt beyond 2019 when Silverstone plans to hold the final race of its existing deal.

Liberty Media have plans to try and increase the amount of grand prix venues to around 25 – averaging just short of a race every two weeks.

Las Vegas and New York have been considered as possibilities but teams will be concerned at another increase of races in the calendar and the strain it puts on their staff. 

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