Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Vietnamese Formula 1 Grand Prix Confirmed For 2020 In Hanoi

Vietnamese Formula 1 Grand Prix Confirmed For 2020 In Hanoi

The fast-growing, communist country will be only the third Southeast Asian nation to host an F1 race as the glitzy franchise seeks to tap new regional markets after an US$8 billion takeover by United States (US) firm Liberty Media a year ago.

Last year Silverstone bosses activated a break clause in the race's contract, agreed under F1's previous ownership, and the 2019 event is the last one under the current deal.

But Bratches justified the addition of Vietnam's street race, insisting its presence would not come to the detriment of F1's core historical events.

Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman, City of Hanoi said, "We are proud to be hosting the Formula 1 Vietnamese Grand Prix, and showcasing the city of Hanoi to the world with its special combination of ancient and moden beauty from 2020".

Now 12th in the driver's standings, Sainz's best performance in 79 Grand Prix races is a 4th place finish. "I haven't had the chance to fight for a couple of grands prix now, so I hope we can have a clean battle and show what's possible", said the Spaniard.

"Nothing is immutable in this sport in terms of where we race".

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"We're in a fortunate place right now that we have more places that want to have races than we can race".

"We look at it in three ways". They are very important to Formula 1, and they are very important to fans.

Bratches envisions more races in cities such as Hanoi and said F1 is carefully considering where to go next based on a number of offers from around the world. I'm talking about the Silverstones, the Spas, the Monzas of this world.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix and just after F1 had announced the arrival on the 2020 docket of a street race in Vietnam, Bratches hinted that the British Grand Prix could remain on the calendar but at a different venue if "business interests" justified such an outcome.

The Hanoi race will be run on a 5.565-kilometer layout in the west of the city, adding another street race to the existing ones in Monaco, Singapore, Azerbaijan and Melbourne's Albert Park in Australia.

"One of the things we have been intensely focused on is extending grand prix racing to iconic cities, in downtown areas, where we can best engage fans", he said. Vietnam's concept of what grand prix racing should be about matches our vision for the sport.

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