By Andy Young, C4F1 digital writer
Vietnam will become the newest addition to the Formula 1 calendar from April 2020, making it the first new event to be announced under Liberty Media’s ownership of the sport.
The new multi-year deal will see a 5.565km circuit run through the streets of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, with drivers facing a 1.5km back-straight before encountering a tight left-hand hairpin.
The final sector has drawn inspiration from other circuits around the world, with Turns 12-15 inspired by Monaco’s iconic run from Turn 1 up through Massenet, and Turns 16-19 featuring a sequence of sweeping corners reminiscent of Suzuka’s Esses.
“We are delighted to announce that Hanoi will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix,” Liberty chairman and chief executive Chase Carey said.
“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 realisation of that ambition.”
Following Malaysia’s departure from the calendar at the end of the 2017 season, the announcement of a race in Vietnam reinforces the sport’s commitment to Asia, with the nation joining Japan, China and Singapore.
“We are proud to be hosting the Formula 1 Vietnamese Grand Prix, and showcasing the city of Hanoi to the world with its special combination of ancient and modern beauty from 2020,” the City of Hanoi’s chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said.
“It’s a further demonstration of Vietnam’s ability, as one of the fastest growing economies in the world to host events on a global scale and attract tourism to the country.”
It remains to be seen whether Vietnam will replace an existing event on the calendar. Next year’s schedule is already set to feature 21 races, while the planned grand prix in Miami is still indefinitely delayed and the future of Silverstone is in doubt beyond 2019.