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Vietnam will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix for the first time in April 2020

A “multi-year” deal has been agreed to stage a race on the streets of the capital Hanoi.

A race in Vietnam has been a long time in the making, with first discussions taking place when Bernie Ecclestone was still in charge.

It is the first new addition to the calendar under Liberty Media‘s ownership of the sport.

Formula 1 have now made the Vietnam Grand Prix official as part of their โ€˜long-term strategy to broaden the appeal of the sport and to reach new audiences around the globeโ€™.

“Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1,” said F1’s chairman and chief executive Chase Carey.

“The Vietnamese Grand Prix is a realisation of that ambition.”

The proposed Hanoi track, which features 22 turns over its 5.565km length, will become F1’s fourth street race, along with Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan.

The circuit layout, created in collaboration with ubiquitous F1 designer Hermann Tilke, also features long straights, one of which is 1.5km in length and should see cars reach speeds of around 335km/h (208mph).

The design also borrows liberally from other world-famous tracks.

The first two corners mirror those of Germany’s Nurburgring, while Turns 12 to 15 are inspired by a section of the Monaco street circuit, running from Sainte-Devote up the hill to Massenet.

Turns 16-19 echo the sweeping Esses at Suzuka and the final three corners take inspiration from Malaysia’s Sepang.

Carey added that work had been done to “enable a circuit that will not only test the drivers but also ensure that our fans enjoy the racing spectacle”.

“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,” said city of Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung.

The Vietnam Grand Prix is the third race to be established in south-east Asia following Singapore and Malaysia – the latter being scrapped following the 2017 race due to poor ticket sales.

Liberty are keen on extending the Formula 1 calendar even further,ย with the Dutch Grand Prix and a second United States Grand Prix in Miami the most realistic options at this stage.

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