VietnamThis will make Vietnam the fifth Asian race on the calendar after Malaysia’s departure.

Formula One may soon come to Hanoi, Vietnam

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Formula One may arrive on the streets of Hanoi as soon as 2020.
Formula One may arrive on the streets of Hanoi as soon as 2020. Photo Credit: DigitalStorm/GettyImages

This comes after the location of the street circuit, which is 12 kilometres from the Hanoi city centre, has been earmarked. “It’s in the advanced stages of design,” said Whiting. “As far as I’m aware, they’re aiming for a 2020 grand prix, which shouldn’t be a problem based on previous experience.”

There may be even more reasons to visit Vietnam come 2020. Earlier this week, Channel NewsAsia reported that plans for a Vietnamese Grand Prix in 2020 are looking more feasible now, according to Formula One race director Charlie Whiting who visited the proposed site in Hanoi.

This comes after the location of the street circuit, which is 12 kilometres from the Hanoi city centre, has been earmarked. “It’s in the advanced stages of design,” said Whiting. “As far as I’m aware, they’re aiming for a 2020 grand prix, which shouldn’t be a problem based on previous experience.”

For some time now, Vietnam’s Hanoi has been the ‘destination city’ the sport has been looking out for. Although no signing has been confirmed, let alone construction, speculations say that the deal has already been done.

And the Vietnamese government is on board with the idea as well. The country is a growing market for sponsors, such as brewer Heineken and would be a fifth Asian race on the calendar, making up for the departure of Malaysia.


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