F1Chronicle - 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix

2020 Vietnam Grand Prix

3-5 April

Hanoi, Vietnam

Number of Laps: 55

Circuit Length: 5.607 km

Race Distance: 308.385 km

Lap Record: Null

For the first time, Formula 1 will light up the streets of Vietnam, with the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix.

What date is the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix?

The 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix will run from 2-5 April, 2020, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

3 April – Free Practice 1 & 2

4 April – Free Practice 3 & Qualifying

5 April – Race

How much are tickets to the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix?

Tickets to the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix start from $30USD for children and $45USD for adults, for those wishing to purchase a General Admission ticket for the Friday practice sessions only.

A three-day General Admission ticket for adults is $75USD.

Grandstand tickets have two separate categories:
A ‘Standard’ three-day grandstand pass gets access to the Saigon or Hue stands, and costs $275USD per adult.

A ‘Premium’ three-day grandstand pass gets access to the Ha Long, Hai Phong, and Thang Long stands, and costs $390USD per adult.

There are also hospitality packages available from $840USD, and Formula 1 Paddock Club packages starting at $990USD.

Where is the Vietnam Grand Prix circuit?

The Hanoi Street Circuit is located in the Nam Từ Liêm in Hanoi, and will be the third race to be held in Asia, along with China and Singapore.

How do I get to the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix?

The best way to get to the Vietnam Grand Prix is by Hanoi’s public bus transportation system.

You can download the Tìm Buýt app, then plan the trip from your destination. Bus tickets start from 7,000VND/trip.

How can I bet on the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix?

You can bet on individual races throughout the 2020 Formula 1 season, the qualifying head-to-head battle, and the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships at beteasy.com.au

Is the Vietnam Grand Prix good for the region?

The Vietnamese Grand Prix which is set to take place on 5 April 2020 at the Hanoi Street Circuit, is the first ever Formula One motor race to be held in the country. This inaugural event is a win-win situation for people in Southeast Asia who are passionate about the sport and for Formula One to break new ground in the region.

FIA chief Jean Todt told reporters during the groundbreaking ceremony in Hanoi that he considers the event as “fantastic for the development of the motorsport in Vietnam and in the region” and hopes that “soon here will also be facilities to host cart racing, drifting racing”.

With Vietnamese fans being able to see firsthand how world champions like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will grasp the wheel and compete in the streets of Hanoi, Todt hopes that this race will fire up a new interest for racing and develop a new generation of Vietnamese drivers in a country who is totally mad about football.

When was the Vietnam Grand Prix founded?

The idea of an F1 Vietnam race was first explored by former Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone but the plans never really saw fruition. One of the reasons to the race in Vietnam not being realized was that during that time multiple races were being held in Asia. Another was due to Ecclestone’s doubts of whether a Vietnam race was possible to sustain in the long-term following the failures of the South Korean Grand Prix and Indian Grand Prix.

The South Korean Grand Prix that was first held in Yeongnam in 2010 was initially a six-year deal but due to great financial losses they had to end it in 2013. The Indian Grand Prix, on the other hand, encountered problems with the government and a loss of interest from the crowd due to the lack of a native driver. It can also be noted that Malaysia who has been part of F1 races since 1999 ceased to host the event in 2017 as the government was no longer willing to spend $67 million a year.

Plans for an F1 race once again surfaced after CVC capital partners sold commercial rights to Formula One to Liberty Media in January 2017. A formal announcement was released in November 2018 that a Vietnamese Grand Prix will be the first race under the new ownership with Vietnam signing a 10-year multi-million-dollar deal with Formula One.

F1 events are with no doubt filled with all the glitz and glamour and so while it is a costly venture, $60 million dollars a year, Vietnam is positive that the events will be met with success. They hope to steer clear of problems other countries faced during their F1 hosting stints so instead of the government shelling out money for these events, F1 races held in the country will be financially backed by VinGroup, the country’s largest private conglomerate.

Currently, Singapore and Vietnam are the two countries in Southeast Asia hosting F1 Grand Prix events.

Who designed the Vietnam Grand Prix circuit?

“The king of all races” that’s how VinGroup deputy Chairman Nguyen Viet Quang described F1 during the groundbreaking ceremony. For a race esteemed so highly, Chairman Nguyen Viet Quang mentioned that the street circuit’s design is challenging and imprinted with Vietnamese identity and architecture.

The circuit is designed by Herman Tillke together with Hanoi’s authorities. The street track which is 5.6 kilometres or 3.484 miles features a combination of existing public roads and to-be-built roads in Hanoi’s My Dinh area. An additional corner was also added to the circuit’s final sector for safety purposes, thus making a total of 23 exciting turns.