F1 Vietnam racetrack named after Hanoi

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  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2020

Workers settin up a kerb on the track at the under-construction Formula One Vietnam Grand Prix race track site in Hanoi on Saturday (Feb 15). The Vietnam F1 will take place from April 3-5 and the govt said the current Covid-19 outbreak will not be an issue during the race. - AFP

HANOI: The racetrack of the Formula One Vietnamese Grand Prix scheduled for early April has been named after Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi, Vietnam News Agency reported Saturday (Feb 15).

The nine grandstands of the race also took names from Vietnam's popular destinations in a bid to promote the country's tourism, with the main grandstand where the race starts named Thang Long, the ancient name for Hanoi.

The other grandstands are named Hai Phong, Ha Long, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Can Tho, Phu Quoc and Sai Gon, the former name of the southern Ho Chi Minh City.

The construction of the racetrack started in March 2019 and it has a length of 5,607m with 23 corners, the news agency said, adding that Vietnam will be the third country in the South-East Asian region to host a Formula One race after Malaysia and Singapore.

Tickets of the Vietnamese Grand Prix, which will run between April 3 and April 5, has been on sale since July 17, 2019.

Although the China F1 which was to be held on April 19 due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, organisers are confident the Vietnam F1 race will go without any hitches as the cases of the disease in Vietnam has been quite rare.

Vietnam has only had 16 cases as of Saturday and three of them have fully recovered. - VNA/Xinhua/Asian News Network
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