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2018 Mexican GP Vietnamese Formula 1 Grand Prix Confirmed For 2020 In Hanoi
Cary Erickson | 10 November, 2018, 14:19

On Wednesday F1 announced a 2020 Vietnam GP, which is now set to be the first new race under Liberty's ownership.

The British Grand Prix venue has activated a break clause in its contract, meaning a new deal must be negotiated for F1 to stay there from 2020.

But Bratches justified the addition of Vietnam's street race, insisting its presence would not come to the detriment of F1's core historical events.

"Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1 and the Vietnamese Grand Prix is a realization of that ambition".

Earlier this week F1's commercial managing director Sean Bratches hinted that the race could move away from Silverstone, its permanent home since 1987 and a regular F1 venue throughout the championship's history. "I haven't had the chance to fight for a couple of grands prix now, so I hope we can have a clean battle and show what's possible", said the Spaniard.

"It's one of the trickiest (races) of the season", Hamilton said while interacting with the mediapersons on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

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"We look at it in three ways". "Firstly, we want to preserve the heritage races".

Formula 1 and the City of Hanoi have announced a Grand Prix will be held in the Vietnamese capital city from April 2020 onwards. "I'm talking about the Silverstones, the Spas, the Monzas of this world", Bratches commented.

The race will certainly be more action packed than the Monaco or Singapore Grand Prix's due to the presence of two long straights, with one measuring 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles).

"Then we have a set of street races and hybrid street races, where we race in parks and on city streets, such as Melbourne, Montreal and Mexico City".

"Most of our grands prix are now half an hour to an hour outside cities, so this race in Hanoi fulfils one of our preliminary goals - an iconic city hosting racing on a potentially thrilling street circuit".

"The US remains a priority, we're engaged with discussions elsewhere in the US so it's not just Miami, and [there's] opportunities, but we think Miami really could be a great signature event for us worldwide, not just in the US".