Vietnam Grand Prix awaiting approval for 2020 F1 spot

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 12, 2018

Formula 1 is gearing up to confirm the arrival of a Vietnam Grand Prix on the 2020 calendar following conclusive discussions between Liberty Media and the event's promoters in Hanoi.

Vietnam, one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing economies, had set its sights on becoming a Grand Prix venue under the Bernie Ecclestone era.

Vietnam has been a country that has been long rumoured to be joining the F1 circus and it looks like it will in a couple of year's time.

Despite proposed changes to the current scoring system in Formula One, race director Charlie Whiting has insisted the amendments have been rejected.

"There is no actual progress at building the track, but the site has been identified", Whiting said.

"It is in the advanced stages of design and I think, as far as I am aware, they are aiming for a 2020 Grand Prix".

An official announcement about the race, which will be the first new addition to the calendar by Liberty, is likely to come next month.

The change put forward by Liberty Media would have seen the top 15 drivers score points rather than the top 10 that now leave a race with points towards the Drivers' Championship. "That shouldn't be a problem based on previous experience".

Whiting said the proposed layout mainly used existing streets, with one as-yet unbuilt section. So, it's an open site where the pit building's going to be built. "There will be part of the track that will be built there, which doesn't exist at the minute but it will become a road".

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