Vietnam Grand Prix 2020

2020 Race Status: POSTPONED (new date to be announced)
Date: April 3, 2020 - April 5, 2020
City: Hanoi, Vietnam
Circuit: Hanoi Circuit
Official Name: FORMULA 1 VINFAST VIETNAM GRAND PRIX 2020

The 2020 Grand Prix season marks the first Vietnamese Grand Prix ever. The street circuit is a temporary track for the inaugural event that closes some surface streets in Vietnam.

Near Vietnam’s Old Quarter, Hanoi Street Circuit is close to entertainment, dining, and Vietnamese culture. The circuit is also a drive away from Hanoi’s French Quarter, which features boutiques, museums, galleries, and historical landmarks.

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RACE INFO & SCHEDULE

Get all the info you need for race week! The race schedule, events, track activities, how to get to the track, what's allowed or prohibited at the track, and many more frequently asked questions.

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VISITOR & TOURIST INFORMATION

AVERAGE RATES OF NEARBY HOTELS

Old Quarter

  • 3-star: 3,009,131VND/night ($130 USD)
  • 4-star: 5,786,790VND/night ($250 USD)
  • 5-star: 9,258,864VND/night ($400 USD)

Hanoi Westlake

  • 3-star: 1,157,358VND/night ($50 USD)
  • 4-star: 3,472,074VND/night ($150 USD)
  • 5-star: 8,101,506VND/night ($350 USD)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING RACE WEEK

  • High of 28°C (82°F)
  • Low of 22°C (71°F)

CURRENCY

The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong (d). Here are some common conversions

  • United States Dollar: 1VND = <$.01USD —  $1USD = 23,137VND
  • Euro: 1VND = <.01EUR — 1EUR =  25,432VND
  • British Pound: 1VND = <£.01GBP — £1GBP = 29,806VND

LANGUAGE

The primary language spoken in Vietnam is Vietnamese, but in tourist centres many Vietnamese will speak English.

 

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO

During Grand Prix weekend, spectators can enjoy local entertainment, culture, and history at the:

  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
  • Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Within Hanoi’s Old Quarters, spectators will walk through the French Quarter which is home to:

  • Vietnam National Museum of History
  • Hoa Lo Prison
  • Hanoi Opera House

Largest Nearby Cities

  • Hai Phong
    • 97 km (60 mi) to Hanoi
    • 2h drive
  • Hue
    • 668 km (415 mi) to Hanoi
    • 12h drive
  • Da Nang
    • 767 km (477 mi) to Hanoi
    • 14h  drive

THE CIRCUIT

Circuit Name: Hanoi Street Circuit

Track Location: Streets of Hanoi, In the Nam Tu Liem district

Distance from the Closest Airport: 22.9 km (14.2 mi) to Noi Bai International Airport

Distance from Downtown: 10.5 km (6.5 mi) to Downtown Hanoi

Year Opened: 2020

First Grand Prix: 2020

The temporary street circuit is made from public and newly constructed roads. Hanoi Street Circuit borders My Dinh National Stadium and is intended to be open to the public when not during race season. The circuit features a 1.5 km (.9 mile) straight, one of the longest on the Formula 1 calendar.

Despite the failure of the Korean and Indian Grand Prix, plans to add the Vietnamese circuit were approved.

THE 2020 Vietnamese Grand Prix

Former Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone had been eyeing up Vietnam as a potential site for a grand prix, but ultimately gave up on the idea as there were already five other races in Asia. However, Liberty Media stepped in and in 2017, purchased the commercial rights to Formula One and opted to revisit the idea of a Vietnamese Grand Prix. In 2018, it was announced that the race was a go – all that was needed was a circuit.

 

For that, officials turned to the Hanoi Street Circuit, a series of roadways located near the My Dinh National Stadium. When construction on the circuit was completed in February 2020, it featured a straight of 1.5 km (0.9 mi), making it one of the longest on the calendar. To design the street circuit’s purpose-built section, architect Hermann Tilke took inspiration from the Circuit de Monaco, Sepang International Circuit, the Circuit of the Americas, and Suzuka Circuit. 

 

The street circuit is near a grouping of hotels, so spectators don’t have to go far for a place to relax. Dining is also in no short supply, with plenty of options available in The Manor district west of Hanoi. Spectators looking for entertainment outside of the race will want to take public transportation into the heart of Hanoi.