Vietnam to host Formula One race from 2020

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That's right-Formula 1 is heading to Vietnam.

The event's main sponsor is likely to be VinFast, Vingroup's automotive arm, which was founded previous year.

VinFast, a unit of Vingroup, is set to become Vietnam's first domestic vehicle manufacturer when its first production models built under its own badge hit the streets in August 2019.

The first new race to be announced after Liberty Media's ownership of Formula One, Vietnamese Grand Prix will join Singapore, China and Japan Grand Prix in the Asia region.

The actual venue, which is still unnamed, will be built near the My Dinh National Stadium on the western side of Hanoi. A street track in Hanoi certainly sounds intriguing and F1 have released plenty of detail about exactly what the drivers will be tackling. "The length and turns of this track will bring a lot of excitement".

Numerous turns derive their inspiration from that seen elsewhere - supposedly, turns one and two are based on the opening corners of Nurbugring, while 12 to 15 are reminiscent of turn one and the climb to Massenet in Monaco, while Suzuka's esses give turns 16 to 19 their flow. Right after that, Turns 16 to 19 are a carbon copy of Suzuka's Esses.

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The circuit features a straight almost one mile long and early simulations suggest a top speed of 208mph. You can learn more about the new circuit by watching the preview on Formula1.com.

Motorsport series Formula One has confirmed it will stage a Vietnam Grand Prix in the capital Hanoi from April 2020. "The city of Hanoi I think is increasingly one that's capturing the world's imagination", he said. "This is the ideal formula for Grand Prix racing and I look forward to this becoming a real highlight of the F1 calendar", he added.

"Most of our grands prix are now half an hour to an hour outside cities, so the race in Hanoi fulfills of one of our preliminary goals - an iconic city hosting racing on a potentially thrilling street circuit".

Asked how Hanoi can afford to host in 2020, he added: "The most important aspect of maximising value and the opportunity here is to make sure we have a great event".

But motor racing is a virtually unknown sport in Vietnam, where football is a clear fan favourite. Let us know in the comments.

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