From 2020 Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi will reverberate to the sounds of F1 engines.
Formula 1 chiefs have revealed the first official track map of the new Vietnam street circuit, which will join the calendar in 2020.
The 5.565-kilometre long street circuit, which will feature one newly constructed area, runs near a stadium in a suburb of Hanoi. It features a 1.5-kilometre long straight and early simulations suggest a top speed of 335 km/h.
Vietnam will become F1’s fourth street race.
The section out of Turn 12 will weave through the barriers in a manner similar to the climb out of Ste. Devote at Monaco. A later section of the track – through Turns 16 to 19 – is similar to the Esses at Suzuka.
F1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the Hanoi location ahead of the Japanese GP, and said he had no doubts that the facility would be ready in time. It is mainly on the streets, but there is a section that is not yet built, he explained.
April 2020 may seem like a while away, but there is plenty to do before then. In fact in many ways the project is just beginning!