F1 to travel to Vietnam in 2020 for street circuit race in Hanoi

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Formula activatedhas had an uncertain record with the races planned lately, with the 2019 Miami Grand Prix make his debut a mess of a proposed street course so to be pushed back at least until 2020. But F1 at least has more solid plans for 2020: the Vietnam Grand Prix, which will work on partly street course and partly running track.

F1 announcement the Vietnam race this week, saying it would take place in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in April 2020. This is the first new race to be announced since the US owners of the Liberty Media series bought F1 in 2016. And, according to the announcement, 2020 will be the start of a multi-year agreement.

All F1 has said about adding the race date is that it doubles its commitment to the Asian region, and that it is part of the series’ “long term strategy for broaden the appeal of sport and reach new audiences around the globe. ”

Vietnam may not be the history of Monaco or Macau racing, but the market makes sense for a great price. Vietnam suffered greatly under colonialism and was destroyed during the Vietnam War, but its economy is growing rapidly and has been for years now. Tourism is on the rise with the economy, for Forbes and travel search company Skift. Obama returned not long ago.

It’s not a rich country, as Formula Money analyst pointed out in a tweet about how many people might even watch the race there:

But to be fair, a lot of people don’t get NBC Sports, even here in America. On top of that, F1 TV now has streaming available In Vietnam.

F1 has already talked about a race in Vietnam, with former CEO Bernie Ecclestone telling Forbes he was approached for a race there with the opportunity to meet with the president to make a deal. Plans for a track near southern Ho Chi Minh City in 2010 failed due to local rules preventing people from betting on sports, according to Forbes, but things have changed since then.

Of the history :

At the end of last year, this law was relaxed for anyone with a monthly income over $ 440 and Vietnam’s first running track opened in 2016 to take advantage of it.

Its standards are well below the F1 specification, known as grade 1 homologation, but a track that meets them was reportedly under consideration in 2016. It is understood that a foreign group was seeking investment for the build in Hanoi and carried out a feasibility study.

Ecclestone, however, didn’t go all the way in Vietnam during his reign because he said he lacked racing history. Of the history :

“He doesn’t have any racing history at all,” he said. “So I didn’t want to put another race in the same kind of area where we already have very good promoters. And I was criticized for organizing the races in Baku and Russia because they didn’t have a lot of racing history.

But Ecclestone is gone, Liberty is there, and things seem to be moving forward with Vietnam.

The 3.4 mile, 22-turn track for the race is expected to use a mix of existing roads and some that will need to be paved for the race itself. As we explained when this planning was made public last month, it was called a “partially street-based” course. But the part of the track that is paved specifically for F1 will become a public road when the series is not in town.

In his complete guide to the slopes, F1 claims the track uses a mix of turns taken from other famous racing tracks, but the track designers always say so. The series did have an interesting way of describing the layout of the track though: it wants the feel of a street race with the excitement of a permanent track.

From the ad:

The aim was to create a unique hybrid layout, merging the characteristics of an urban circuit with a permanent country track layout within the limits of the city topography.

There was a real desire to move away from ordinary 90-degree turns and favor a layout that facilitates wheel-to-wheel racing while maintaining a closed-street feel that makes urban racetracks so demanding on drivers.

We won’t know anything until the cars are on it, but at the very least this track looks better than the Miami Ideas made.


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