A 5.5 kilometer street circuit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi will join the Formula One race calendar in 2020. It will be the fourth street race on the schedule and the fourth race to take place in eastern Asia.Vietnam will join the Formula One calendar with a street race in the capital city Hanoi, organizers announced on Wednesday.
"We are delighted to announce that Hanoi will host a Formula One Grand Prix," the sport's chairman Chase Carey said in a statement.
The Vietnamese Grand Prix is the first new race Formula One has announced since Liberty Media's takeover last year. The Hanoi round of the championship, which will be run on a 5.6-kilometer (3.5-mile) circuit, will be the fourth street race on the calendar along with Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan.
"Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1 and the Vietnamese Grand Prix is a realization of that ambition," F1 chairman Chase Carey said in a statement.
"We are thrilled to be here in Hanoi, one of the most exciting cities in the world right now with such a rich history and an incredible future ahead of it."
The inaugural race will be staged in April 2020, with the organizers signing a multi-year deal to become the fourth East Asian country on the calendar with Singapore, China and Japan.
jt/dv (AP, Reuters)