In an effort to increase the popularity of Formula One (F1) racing in South East Asia, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which is owned by Liberty Media, has announced that Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi will be the latest destination to feature a Formula 1 Grand Prix, starting from 2020. This will be the first new race to be added to the current list of F1 grand prix races around the world following Liberty Media’s acquisition in 2017, and will be one of four grand prix races in South Asia, along with China, Japan and Singapore.
The Hanoi Grand Prix will take place in the city as a street circuit race, and the track will be 5.565km long, running through the heart of the Vietnamese capital. This will be in contrast to most F1 grand prix races that take place on dedicated racing tracks, but much like the Monaco Grand Prix which runs through the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine and is known as the Circuit de Monace, but is generally alternatively referred to as the “Monte Carlo” circuit.
According to Chase Carey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Formula One, “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 realization of that ambition. We are thrilled to be here in Hanoi, one of the most exciting cities in the world right now with such a rich history and an incredible future ahead of it. This is the perfect formula for Grand Prix racing and I look forward to this becoming a real highlight of the F1 calendar.”