Vietnamese Grand Prix
The Vietnamese Grand Prix (Vietnamese: Giải đua Việt Nam) is a Formula One motor race that was due to first take place on 5 April 2020, but was then postponed due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The race will be held on the Hanoi Street Circuit, a temporary street circuit on the streets of the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
|Hanoi Street Circuit|
|First held||2020 (planned)|
|Circuit length||5.607 km (3.484 mi)|
|Race length||308.385 km (191.621 mi)|
Plans for a race in Vietnam were first explored by former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, who ultimately abandoned the idea as there were already five races in Asia at the time, (since then the Malaysian Grand Prix has dropped off the calendar). Ecclestone also acknowledged that the failure of the Korean and Indian Grands Prix left him doubtful of the long-term viability of a race in Vietnam.
The idea was revived after Liberty Media purchased the commercial rights to the sport from CVC Capital Partners in January 2017. The Vietnamese Grand Prix was announced in November 2018, becoming the first new race under Liberty Media's ownership. The race is set to join the existing Grand Prix held in Southeast Asia, the Singapore Grand Prix. The first race is scheduled to be held on 5 April 2020 as part of a multi-year contract.
The race is due to be held on a 5.607 kilometres (3.484 mi) temporary street circuit on the streets of Hanoi. The circuit, going anticlockwise, is being designed by Hermann Tilke in collaboration with City of Hanoi authorities. The circuit will initially feature a hybrid of public roads and a purpose-built section which will later be opened to the public. An extra corner was later added to the third sector of the circuit by organisers for safety reasons, making a total of 23 turns.
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