Formula 1 is set to announce the addition of a Vietnam Grand Prix to its calendar for 2020 in the next month, with sources indicating a deal has been reached.
The Asian country has long been rumoured to be on the radar of F1’s owner Liberty Media, with a venue just over seven miles west of Hanoi having been singled out as a location for the track – which will be partially street-based.
Talks have advanced quickly behind the scenes and sources at last weekend’s Japanese GP insisted an agreement was now in place for the event to go ahead in 2020.
An official announcement about the race, which will be the first new addition to the calendar by Liberty, is likely to come next month.
F1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the Hanoi location ahead of the Japanese GP, and said he had no doubts that the facility would be ready.
“There is no actual progress at building the track, but the site has been identified,” he said.
“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.”
Whiting confirmed that the circuit would partly be based on current public roads, but would also feature a new section being built specifically for the race.
“It is mainly on the streets, but there is a section that is not yet built,” he explained.
“That is an open site where the pit buildings are going to be built.
“Part of the track will be built there, which doesn’t exist at the moment. But it will become a road after that.”