Formula 1 is exploring different options for racing in Asia in the second half of 2020 following the cancellation of Suzuka’s round of the world championship.
RaceFans understands Formula 1 is keen to use the gap to reschedule earlier rounds of the championship in Asia which were postponed.
The series’ first preference is to find space for races in both China and Vietnam. The promoter of the latter’s race said last month they are still seeking a replacement date for what would be their inaugural grand prix.
There are significant logistical obstacles to rescheduling Vietnam’s round of the championship, however. The usual challenges of holding a new race would be amplified by it being held on a temporary circuit and attempting to do so in a city in spite of ongoing restrictions arising from the pandemic.
Nonetheless F1 hopes to offset the cost of travelling to China for its round of the world championship by staging another race in the region. If Hanoi cannot go ahead, Shanghai could host a double-header.
“We are working closely with our promoter in China on rearranging this years race and those discussions are ongoing,” a Formula 1 spokesperson told RaceFans.
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