Vietnam Grand Prix to take place in 2020 say government sources

Vietnam will host a Formula One grand prix on the streets of Hanoi in 2020, according to government officials in the country.

An official letter published by the Hanoi People’s Committee on Thursday said: “The city of Hanoi has managed to get to host a race of the World Championship Formula One of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) from April 2020.”

The municipality said the event will be formally announced at a gala next week although the news has not yet been confirmed by Formula One Management or the FIA.

Vietnam has been talked about as a potential grand prix venue for some time. The Vietnamese government announced in August that it would support a race in Hanoi and such an event would tally with Formula One’s vision of racing in ‘destination cities’.

Plans laid out by the organisers include proposals to build a 12-kilometre track west of the city that would be part street circuit and part purpose-built.

If the race goes ahead, it would be the third grand prix to be established in south-east Asia after the Singapore and Malaysia grand prix. The latter was scrapped in 2017 owing to low attendances.