Southeast Asia boasts not one, but two grands prix in 2020, as Vietnam joins Singapore on the calendar by hosting a Formula 1 race for the very first time.
The similarities between the two go beyond just location however; both will share the title of having the most turns of any track on the F1 calendar, with a total of 23.
The Herman Tilke-designed Hanoi Street Circuit will run through the Nam Từ Liêm district of the capital, with its layout resembling a flying crane – a symbol of happiness and eternal youth throughout Asia.
And fans will certainly have smiles on their faces with the 5.607-km circuit providing plenty of opportunities for overtaking. Most notably, a 1.5-km long back straight – one of the longest on the calendar – will see cars go wheel-to-wheel at speeds of 335 km/h.
While the Hanoi Street Circuit will be a new addition to F1’s roster of races, it will feel familiar with corners taking inspiration from some of the sport’s most revered circuits. Turns 1 and 2 are based on the Nürburgring, Turns 12 through to 15 resemble the famous climb up the hill at Monaco to Casino Square, and Turns 16 to 19 are reminiscent of the legendary Esses at Suzuka.
Elsewhere, the pit building is intended to represent Vietnam’s rich heritage in building culture, while the pitlane entry and exit have been designed to minimise pitstop time to increase the attractiveness of multiple-stop strategies.