Ahead of its official F1 debut, the race is on for the Vietnam Grand Prix promoters to get the circuit ready. Luckily, progress seems to be very quick as the organisers released the first images of the pit lane complex.
The new circuit is a Tilke Engineering creation and the company has drawn styling inspiration from local landmarks, as always. As it turns out, the 5.6km layout implements a mix of Hanoi’s existing streets and newer sections. In fact, these new additions draw inspiration from some of F1’s most iconic venues like Suzuka, Monaco and the Nürburgring.
“This is an important moment in the development of the Hanoi Circuit and another vital milestone in the lead up to Vietnam’s first ever F1 race weekend,” Vietnam Grand Prix boss Le Ngoc Chi declared.
Chi hoped that the new pit building will become an iconic landmark in the city of Hanoi. As per reports, the progress is so swift that most of the work is expected to be completed by the end of January.
“With the track itself nearing completion and grandstands starting to go up as the event draws ever closer, the excitement levels for the Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 are rapidly growing. We are ready and we look forward to seeing you in Hanoi very soon,” said Le Ngoc Chi.
However, the building contractor cannot afford to take a breather or slip up. This is because the Vietnam Grand Prix has been allotted the third round of the 2020 F1 World Championship. With an April 3rd date, it gives the organisers a narrow window to get everything up and running smoothly.
Admittedly, some F1 drivers were apprehensive since there will now be 22 F1 Grands Prix in a single season. However, Liberty Media are aiming to have 25 races in a single season.