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. It is the first new addition to the calendar under Liberty Media’s ownership of the sport. 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 like this below
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.
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.