Vietnam's F1 circuit and grandstands given names in tourism initiative
The new Formula 1 racetrack in Vietnam has been named Hanoi, after the capital city, while its nine grandstands have been christened in honour of popular destinations around the country as part of efforts to boost tourism.
The main grandstand has been given the name Thang Long, the historic name for Hanoi, while the other stands will be known as Hai Phong, Ha Long, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Sai Gon, Can Tho and Phu Quoc.
The Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation, the organiser of the event, said it aiming to promote Vietnam's tourism sector to millions of fans when the inaugural race takes place on the street circuit in Hanoi on 5 April.
However, the coronavirus outbreak in Asia has raised some doubts over whether the grand prix will go ahead as scheduled.
Last week, Vietnam’s government cancelled all national and international sporting events for February and said it would review the situation for events in March. Thirteen cases of the virus have been reported in the country so far.
The promoters of the grand prix said they are “actively monitoring” the situation.
The circuit has been designed by the Formula 1 Group and German engineer Hermann Tilke, and construction began last year. It is 5.6 kilometres in length and the three-storey pit building is influenced by Hanoi's historic architecture.
Meanwhile, it has been announced that the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, the one-make racing series, will stage a support round at the Vietnam Grand Prix.
The PCAA is in its 18th season and is also due to feature at the Chinese and Singapore Grands Prix this year.
Le Ngoc Chi, chief executive of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation, said: “As the premier one-make racing series in the region, its inclusion on our schedule ensures that the inaugural F1 race weekend in Vietnam will deliver on its promise to showcase the greatest racing action on the planet across the whole weekend.”