Start of construction for Formula 1 circuit in Vietnam
The construction of the Formula 1 circuit for the Grand Prix in Vietnam was officially started on Wednesday with a ceremony in Hanoi. The top motorsport class will celebrate its racing premiere in Vietnam in April 2020. The contract with the new organiser is valid for several years.
Jean Todt, President of the FIA, the World Motorsport Association, turned the first sod at the start of construction of the circuit, which was designed by the German company Tilke Engineers & Architects. Todt said he was surprised by the country’s willingness to host a Grand Prix, given the lack of FIA races in Vietnam. “But I believed in the success of the F1 race in Hanoi,” he added.
The race will take place on a city circuit in Hanoi. It is the first new circuit to be added to the racing calendar under the leadership of US owner Liberty Media. The 5.565-kilometre course will have 22 bends. The track will be built around the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi’s Tu Liem district. After Monaco, Azerbaijan’s capital Baku and Singapore, it will be the fourth city circuit on which Formula 1 will drive.