Hanoi said to host Formula 1 street race

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Is Hanoi ready for F1? © Arno Maierbrugger

Formula 1 organisers have apparently reached a deal with Vietnam to hold a city race in Hanoi in the next season. According to media reports, a respective announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

Such a race could be spectacular given the iconic scenery of Vietnam‘s capital whose streets are normally clogged by tens of thousands of motorbikes and street vendors. Reportedly, the F1 committee preferred a street race because of a lack of suitable tracks in the country.

F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches in the past also said he wants more Asian street races, with a particular focus on holding them in “iconic cities.” And since Malaysia chose not to renew its F1 deal beyond this season, the push to organise another race in Asia in the short term is high on F1 Group’s agenda.

Vietnam has been on the list of potential venues in the past, but former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone was not keen on the idea because he did not want to expand the franchise there for the lack of tracks and because the country had “no racing history.”

F1’s new owner, US TV group Liberty Media, appears to have a different opinion. Reportedly, an agreement was reached at a recent meeting of the Formula One Promoters Association in London with representatives from Vietnam.

The F1 Group is also evaluating the potential of a second race in China, which would ideally also be a street race and could potentially be held in Beijing – the country’s second-most populous city behind Shanghai.

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Is Hanoi ready for F1? © Arno Maierbrugger

Formula 1 organisers have apparently reached a deal with Vietnam to hold a city race in Hanoi in the next season. According to media reports, a respective announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

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Is Hanoi ready for F1? © Arno Maierbrugger

Formula 1 organisers have apparently reached a deal with Vietnam to hold a city race in Hanoi in the next season. According to media reports, a respective announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

Such a race could be spectacular given the iconic scenery of Vietnam‘s capital whose streets are normally clogged by tens of thousands of motorbikes and street vendors. Reportedly, the F1 committee preferred a street race because of a lack of suitable tracks in the country.

F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches in the past also said he wants more Asian street races, with a particular focus on holding them in “iconic cities.” And since Malaysia chose not to renew its F1 deal beyond this season, the push to organise another race in Asia in the short term is high on F1 Group’s agenda.

Vietnam has been on the list of potential venues in the past, but former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone was not keen on the idea because he did not want to expand the franchise there for the lack of tracks and because the country had “no racing history.”

F1’s new owner, US TV group Liberty Media, appears to have a different opinion. Reportedly, an agreement was reached at a recent meeting of the Formula One Promoters Association in London with representatives from Vietnam.

The F1 Group is also evaluating the potential of a second race in China, which would ideally also be a street race and could potentially be held in Beijing – the country’s second-most populous city behind Shanghai.

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