The first official rendering of an onboard lap of the new Vietnam street circuit which will join the 2020 F1 calendar has been revealed.Motorsport-Magazin.com, shows the configuration of the 5.6-kilometre, Hermann Tilke-designed track to be located in the country’s capital Hanoi.
Tilke’s con Carsten, CEO of Tilke GmbH, said: “The first section reminds me of the Mercedes Arena at the Nurburgring. Also, the track has very varied passages with high-speed turns, modelled to some extent on the Esses at Suzuka, and long straights that provide good overtaking opportunities with hard braking points.”
“Overall, it is a very challenging track, on which to race and will certainly produce plenty of racing action. It will not be easy to post a perfect lap on this track.”
F1’s commercial managing director Sean Bratches said last year the circuit had been designed to maximise the potential for drivers to race together closely and avoid producing “another processional race.”
“We want true racing,” said Bratches, “wheel-to-wheel, livery-to-livery – on street circuits where there is actually the possibility of overtaking.”
The first Vietnam Grand Prix will take place in April next year. Construction work at the site of the track, 12 kilometres west of the centre of Hanoi, began last month.
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