Formula 1 looks set to welcome the Vietnam Grand Prix to the calendar in 2020.
Autosport reports that F1’s owner Liberty Media has been having discussions with the Vietnamese government to host a race roughly seven miles (11 km) from the city of Hanoi. The track will be partially street-based but there will also be certain sections that need to be built. After the race, these new sections will be used as public roads.
Sources at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix said that an agreement has been reached for the event to take place in 2020. An official announcement from Liberty Media is expected to be made next month.
Speaking to the media last weekend, F1 race director Charlie Whiting said he visited the location for the circuit.
“There is no actual progress at building the track, but the site has been identified.
“It is in the advanced stages of design and as far as I am aware, they are aiming for a 2020 grand prix. That shouldn’t be a problem based on previous experience,” he said.
Liberty Media have been very open with their plans to expand the Formula 1 calendar since they took over the sport.
This year’s championship features no less than 21 races, the most in the history of the sport (equal with 2016). However, Liberty Media is thought to want even more races than that. It’s currently unclear if a current race would be dropped in favor of the Vietnam Grand Prix. A Miami Grand Prix might also take place in 2020.