Good progress has been reported on the construction of the Formula One circuit in Hanoi, now 70 percent complete and expected to be finished in March – a month ahead of the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix on 5 April. Organised by Vingroup, Vietnam’s private conglomerate, the event will be the third Formula One race of the season and it will also have Vietnam join Malaysia and Singapore as the third country in Southeast Asia to host a F1 race.
With My Dinh National Stadium as its immediate neighbour, the track under construction is located some 13 kilometres from the centre of Hanoi. It runs for 5,607 metres with 23 corners and it is the fourth F1 track combined with city streets – with the circuits in Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan being the other three such tracks on the planet.
The nine grandstands of Hanoi Circuit, six of which will be moveable, are to be named after some of the most prominent provinces in Vietnam to symbolize the country’s history and culture. Accordingly, the main grandstand, also serving as the starting point for the race, will be known as Thang Long, after Hanoi’s ancient name, and the other eight grandstands will be called Hai Phong, Ha Long, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Saigon, Can Tho and Phu Quoc.
The Formula One race on 5 April will be accompanied by a week-long string of events such as parades and showcasing of race cars. Widely considered one of premier forms of racing and among the most prestigious sporting events in the world, F1 races are hardly ever cheap to attend. General admission tickets start at 700,000 VND for one day, but they do not come with a seat. Grandstand tickets start at 1.56 million VND a day and 3.89 – 9 million VND for a three-day option.
With a 10-year contract already inked between Formula One and Hanoi, it looks like there is plenty of rubber-burning to look forward to for the fans of the sport.