RACE DEBRIEF

    Race promoters have confirmed the completion of the new Hanoi Circuit ahead of the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix next month.

    Set to become one of the most challenging and exciting circuits on the calendar, the Hanoi Circuit will stage the third round of the 2020 season on the weekend of April 3-5.

    The final 150m-long stretch of track was laid last week along the start/finish line to complete the 23-turn track, which features a unique hybrid design that fuses a street circuit’s characteristics with a permanent track layout.

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    “We are beyond excited to witness the extraordinary sight of Formula 1 cars racing on this incredible circuit,” commented Ms. Le Ngoc Chi, CEO of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation.

    “It will be a moment of great pride for the whole team here at VGPC and a fitting tribute to the hard work that has gone in to ensuring the newest track in F1 is ready on time.”

    The completed Hanoi Circuit in Vietnam, February 26, 2020

    The milestone follows the recent completion of the track’s stunning, 300m-long pit building, whose spectacular design was inspired by Hanoi's famous Imperial Citadel of Thang Long as well as the Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature – the symbol of Hanoi.

    With the permanent constructions now in place, the focus is now on the temporary structures around the circuit, including the Grandstands – each of which is named after iconic Vietnamese cities and locations.