F1 is ready to put Vietnam on the calendar
F1 is set to announce the addition of a Vietnam Grand Prix to its calendar for 2020. Vietnam has long been rumoured to be on the radar for F1. The venue singled out is just over seven miles west of Hanoi, and will be partially street-based.
F1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the Hanoi location ahead of the Japanese GP, and said he had no doubts that the facility would be ready.
“There is no actual progress at building the track, but the site has been identified,” he said.
“It is in the advanced stages of design and as far as I am aware, they are aiming for a 2020 grand Prix.
“That shouldn’t be a problem based on previous experience.”
Whiting said the proposed layout mainly used existing streets, with one as-yet unbuilt section.
“It’s an open site where the pit building’s going to be built,” he said.
“Part of the track will be built there which doesn’t exist at the moment. But it will become a road, I understand, after that.”
Vietnam would be the first new race introduced by commercial rights holders Liberty Media, who took control in January last year and ousted former supremo Bernie Ecclestone.