The Hanoi Street Circuit (Vietnamese: Trường đua đường phố Hà Nội) is a motor racing venue located in the Nam Từ Liêm district of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is a street circuit designed to host the Vietnamese Grand Prix, a round of the Formula One World Championship. The circuit is 5.613 km (3.488 mi) long and was designed by circuit architect Hermann Tilke.[2] The Hanoi Street Circuit was originally expected to make its debut on the Formula One calendar in 2020, but the race was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] The circuit was also dropped from the 2021 calendar because of the arrest on corruption charges of a key official responsible for the race in Hanoi.[4]

The circuit, going anticlockwise, is located next to the Mỹ Đình National Stadium and consists of a temporary street section and a purpose-built layout that will be open to the public once completed.[5] It also features one of the longest straights on the calendar at 1.5 km (0.9 mi) in length. The purpose-built section draws inspiration from several existing circuits including the Circuit de Monaco, Suzuka Circuit, Sepang International Circuit and the Nürburgring "GP-Strecke". This philosophy of adapting corners from other circuits had previously been used in designing the layout of the Circuit of the Americas.[6]

Lê Quang Đạo street, which is part of the circuit

The original layout consisted of twenty-two corners, but this was revised in December 2019 to include an additional corner in the third sector. The extra corner was added to improve safety.[1] Construction of the circuit was completed in February 2020.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Vietnam adds extra corner to F1 circuit". motorsport.com. Motor Sport. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Everything you need to know about the new Vietnam street circuit". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Cancellation of the 2020 Vinfast Vietnam Grand Prix". Vietnam Grand Prix. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  4. ^ Andrew Benson (9 November 2020). "Vietnamese Grand Prix dropped from 2021 F1 schedule". bbc.com. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ Herrero, Daniel (7 November 2018). "Vietnam secures 2020 Formula 1 berth". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  6. ^ Maher, John (23 April 2012). "Turn for turn, Austin track's design, layout should look familiar to F1 drivers". Austin-American Statesman. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  7. ^ Herrero, Daniel (27 February 2020). "New images released upon completion of Vietnam GP circuit". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 27 February 2020.