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Hanoi, a street track with a difference?

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07/11/2018

Though the final layout has yet to be signed off, organisers of the Vietnamese Grand Prix insist Hanoi track will be no ordinary street circuit.

Indeed, like the Circuit of the Americas, Formula One Management and promoter Vingroup insists the Hermann Tilke designed track will feature sections that reflect numerous other circuits on the calendar.

According to FOM, the circuit, which is located on the western side of the city near the My Dinh National Stadium, features a "unique hybrid layout, fusing a street circuit's characteristics with a permanent countryside track layout within the confines of the city's topography".

Indeed, they state there was "real desire to steer away from humdrum 90-degree road-junction type corners and foster a layout that facilitates wheel-to-wheel racing while retaining a closed-in street feel that makes city race tracks so demanding for drivers".

Turns 1 and 2 are based on the opening corners at the Nurburgring, while Turns 12 through to 15 have been inspired by the run from Turn 1 (Ste Devote) up to Massenet at Monaco.

The sequence from Turns 16 to 19 are "reminiscent" of the Esses at Suzuka, while the final three corners are based on Sepang, a fast left-right followed by a tightening radius entry.

"That tricky and challenging final sequence, which completes the lap, offers the potential for mistakes and opens the door for a chasing driver to pick up a slipstream and launch an attack into the first turn".

The circuit features a whole range of corners from a slow-speed hairpin and slow to medium-speed corner combinations as well as the aforementioned Esses, not to mention a couple of long straights, one of which is 1.5 km in length and is expected to witness speeds of 335km/h through the speed trap.

Finally, the pit lane will miss out the last and first corners, thereby reducing the amount of time it takes to complete a pit stop and hopefully making a multi-stop strategy more viable.

Representatives of FOM as well as FIA Race Director, Charlie Whiting, have already visited the proposed location numerous times, and in the coming weeks it is expected the construction details for the track and its facilities will be signed off at which point work can begin.

Of course, whether this makes up for the loss of Silverstone - which at present is due to drop from the calendar after 2019 - remains to be seen.

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1. Posted by Mbarnez, 09/11/2018 13:03

"Those corners everyone remembers: The opening few at the Nurburgring..."

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2. Posted by Ro, 08/11/2018 21:17

"Thats a shame that you took my post off! Has the price gone up to ten dolla now?"

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3. Posted by Ro, 08/11/2018 14:18 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 08/11/2018 15:19)

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4. Posted by Ro, 08/11/2018 14:16

"I know ! Host the next race in an un-used hanger in a war-torn country. Close the doors, put virtual images of grandstands full of spectators, charge a wad-full of money to all the poor twats that are willing to part with the money to watch it on cctv and BOOM! Youve got success! Go and buy a company that sells moustache gel....Liberty Media: you suck!"

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5. Posted by Renone, 07/11/2018 18:11

"So that's the master plan. Take the best bits from all the tracks join them up with some straights and then dump the lot in the middle of Hanoi. I would love Tilke's job and salary. How about doing something different or is that to much to ask?"

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6. Posted by nonickname, 07/11/2018 17:15

"Interesting thoughts though,
if you 'break down' in the right place you could get a happy ending to your race..."

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7. Posted by Anthony, 07/11/2018 13:24

"Oh no not another street race...... Liberty seem determined to kill F1. "

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8. Posted by Ro, 07/11/2018 13:05

"Why is it that Tilke always wants to copy other circuits? Can he not do a track that is his own? No, he can only copy and make the track worse. Where next? Sri Lanka? Papua New Guinea ? Give it a rest FOM."

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9. Posted by mickl, 07/11/2018 12:52

"At least the locals will be made...sorry...'paid' to fill the empty grandstands after their homes are bulldozed over to make way for the empty grandstands."

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10. Posted by @R1Racing71, 07/11/2018 12:25

"@maxnoble Just when you think things can't get possibly worse, they do."

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11. Posted by Max Noble, 07/11/2018 11:45

"Don’t worry those straights will ensure a new top speed record at the first GP which means all is fine. And they have swapped 90 degree corners for roundabouts. Good call. Remember Trillian saved the Heart of Gold due to experience at the Hyde Park roundabout. Possibly taken at the same time as Stirling Moss on his runabout. :-)"

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12. Posted by Greg, 07/11/2018 11:24

"Surely there must be others that can design a decent track layout."

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13. Posted by imejl99, 07/11/2018 10:55

"Is there any hidden agenda that at some point in the future there only will be Hermann Tilke`s tracks?
Not that any one cares any more...

Thank you FOM, FIA and Liberty for another free Sunday."

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