First look in F1 2020’s Vietnam GP construction, new facility #Grand_PrixMay 2, 2019
The first look at the new permanent facility for the Vietnam Grand Prix, set to make its debut on the Formula 1 calendar in 2020, has been revealed by F1 Racing.
“There was a close co-operation with the team at Formula 1 and the organisers at Hanoi to design the circuit,” says Carsten Tilke, the managing director of Tilke who is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company.
“They had a lot of input and we had many discussions about how we could create a good circuit, not only from a driving perspective but to offer a lot of overtaking too.
“Of course, we are fixed to some given streets – which are basically the straights – but through simulation tools we have been able to create the best track possible.”
The corner at the end of the long 1.5km straight will feature grandstands on both sides of the track to create what Tilke describes as a “stadium” section.
The stadium will also host concerts during the weekend.
The section Tilke is most excited about is the final part of the lap, which allowed his design team to be free-thinking as there are no existing roads to compromise with.
“The whole track has a nice combination of fast corners and long straights, so it will be difficult to find a good setup for the teams,” he says.
“The design and planning process is quite far down the line,” says Tilke.
“Almost everything is ready, but the construction has only just started.