Published: 08:55 | 7/11/18

Vietnam to host F1 Grand Prix


Vietnam will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2020 in the capital city Hanoi.

The Vietnamese Grand Prix, the first race to be announced under Liberty Media's ownership, will further underline Formula 1's commitment to Asia and forms part of the strategy to reach new audiences.

The street race will take place over a 5.565km track in the heart of the city and it is hoped that it will deliver an exciting experience for drivers and fans.

The inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix will take place in April 2020.

“We are delighted to announce that Hanoi will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix. 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," said F1 chairman Chase Carey.

"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.

"Our Motosport team, working in collaboration with the City of Hanoi and promoter Vingroup, has worked to enable a circuit that will not only test the drivers but also ensure that our fans enjoy the racing spectacle. We are really looking forward to seeing Formula 1 cars speeding around the streets of this fantastic city from 2020.”

Nguyen Viet Quang, Vice Chairman and CEO of Vingroup, the race promoter added: "We are excited to see that our work with Formula 1 to secure this deal has finally come to fruition.

“An essential part of this collaboration has been making sure that we not only showcase the city of Hanoi but also deliver an exciting race for Formula 1 fans in Vietnam and around the world. With the mission of “a better life for Vietnamese people”, Vingroup wants to bring this race to Vietnam because of the general benefits to the society such as more jobs will be created, the infrastructure of Hanoi will be upgraded, and other bigger worldwide events will be encouraged to take place in Vietnam.

“For Vingroup individually, through the F1 racing event, we are going to proclaim the first Vietnamese car manufacturer, VinFast, to millions of audiences in the world."

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