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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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.
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.