Fantastic news for Formula One fans… Formula One is coming to Vietnam! I don’t think many of us saw that coming before rumours started appear in the news a month ago. Obviously, great news for those formula 1 fans living in Vietnam as we no longer have to shell out for exorbitantly priced hotels in Singapore to watch a race within reasonable flying time. So a big thumbs up to Vietnam for having a bash at hosting a F1 race.
So what can we expect from the race itself in 2020? Well, it’s going to be a road race rather than a track race, avoiding the huge cost of building a purpose designed track although there will be one section of track to be built. This will take the total number of road races in the F1 season to five, joining Monaco, Baku and Singapore and in 2020, Miami will also host a road race.
Now its well known that road races usually don’t produce the best races, the streets are simply too narrow and the turns too tight for any real overtaking. However, this one promises to be a bit different. The circuit is out of the city centre and having seen the route, it’s a bit unusual to say the least. It features a mile long straight so should certainly allow for some overtaking but it will obviously favour those cars with the straight line speed. Going by the current season that is just coming to a close, that would be Mercedes and Ferrari but who knows what engine improvements the other teams may have managed by the time the 2020 season kicks off.
So what other factors should we consider? The other big one would certainly be the weather. The race will be at some point in April, final dates still to be announced. Hanoi weather in April is usually a fairly temperate 22 to 28 degrees however there is a strong chance rain at this time of year which always makes racing a bit more interesting and gives the team strategists something to think about. The wet surface specialists currently are Hamilton and Max Verstappen so these guys would certainly have an advantage should the April showers arrive. And assuming Hamilton is victorious in the drivers championship next season, 2020 will offer him the chance to draw level with Schumacher with a total of seven drivers championships. He will certainly be motivated!
Whatever happens, having an F1 race is certainly an exciting prospects for all of us living in Vietnam who love the F1. I am sure there will be a great weekend of racing and entertainment and for those of you who haven’t been to Hanoi, I couldn’t think of a better excuse.
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