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F1 to use Hanoi track as a template for future circuits.

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25/07/2019

As part of its grand plan to level the playing field, making the racing closer, less predictable and with the chance of more teams challenging for wins, Formula One is seemingly leaving no stone unturned.

Other than a more equal division of the prize pot, the introduction of a budget cap and more standardised parts, new aero rules will also allow the cars to run closer together than is currently possible.

Now, at a time the drivers appear to be giving more input, and with Lewis Hamilton recently criticising some of the tracks the sport currently uses, Ross Brawn believes that the new circuit in Hanoi will prove the blueprint for the future.

"Vietnam will be the first circuit that has been designed from ground up to be a great racing circuit," said the Briton. "We will see how we get on.

"Nothing is ever one hundred percent," he admitted, "and we will probably make one or two mistakes, but it will go a long way towards the sort of circuit we want. And we will learn from Vietnam and do the next one.

"We don't want all circuits to be the same," he added, which is somewhat difficult when one man appears to be responsible for most of the new additions to the calendar in recent years, including Hanoi, Hermann Tilke. "It will be incredibly boring if we had great racing circuits but they were all exactly the same templates. We want countries to have their own identity and we want circuits to be unique."

As it happens, Hanoi isn't the first track "designed from ground up", that honour belongs to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), which was largely the work of Tavo Hellmund and motorcycle champion Kevin Schwantz.

Other than the fact that Hellmund sought to include sections similar to numerous iconic corners from existing tracks, the circuit, which is hugely popular with fans and drivers alike, was built on land with natural undulations.

With F1's powers-that-be seeking circuits in "destination cities" the basic layout of the tracks will be limited before work has even begun.

Indeed, most of the best tracks on the calendar are built on land nowhere near a city.

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1. Posted by emcomments, 26/07/2019 18:26

""making the racing closer, less unpredictable"

I'm certain that we want to make racing less predictable."

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2. Posted by nash, 25/07/2019 22:53

"> Vietnam will be the first circuit that has been designed from ground up to be a great racing circuit

Because not once in the history of mankind has anyone tried to create a great racing circuit. Oh before there were attempts to make a decent circuit, or good circuit, but no one had taken that great leap to make a "great" circuit.

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3. Posted by mickl, 25/07/2019 14:09

"@Cobra Racer. Unfortunately https://tilke.de/en/portfolio/hanoi-f1-street-circuit/ and already mentioned in the article above

Well done Liberty, FOM and FIA...base your work on something unproven. That never ever goes wrong."

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4. Posted by Cobra Racer, 25/07/2019 13:33

"Great Ross, as long as Tilke isn't involved.
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