The 2020 season will see Formula 1 arrive in Vietnam for the first time, as the drivers prepare to take on the all-new Hanoi Circuit. And ahead of the race, due to take place on April 3-5, the Grand Prix’s promoters have confirmed that the track is on course for completion in early January.
The Vietnam Grand Prix circuit – which, like Melbourne, will be a hybrid design mixing permanent and street sections – will run to 5.6km in length and feature a whopping 1.5km straight, with top speeds of around 335km/h expected.
The track is the first to have been originated by Formula 1’s in-house Motorsports team, working in partnership with Tilke – the company that gave us Austin’s Circuit of The Americas and who designed the layout for Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit.
The circuit will also feature a 300m-long pit building, inspired by Hanoi’s Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and built especially for the Grand Prix’s arrival, while several sections of the track have been designed to consciously mimic the characteristics of circuits like Monaco, the Nurburgring and Suzuka.