Formula One confirm Hanoi Grand Prix

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"We want to preserve the heritage races, they are very important to Formula 1 and they are very important to fans", said Bratches.

"The aim was to create a unique hybrid layout, fusing a street circuit's characteristics with a permanent countryside track layout within the confines of the city's topography", the F1 website explained.

"We are proud to be hosting the Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix, and showcasing the city of Hanoi to the world with its special combination of ancient and moden beauty from 2020".

It comes on the back of the announcement that Vietnam will hold a grand prix from 2020, with Hanoi set to become the fourth Asian race on the calendar after Japan, Singapore and China.

The race - the first new round to be added to the calendar under Liberty Media's ownership of F1 - is scheduled to make its debut in April 2020 and continue as part of a multi-year deal.

VinFast, a unit of Vingroup, is set to become Vietnam's first fully-fledged domestic vehicle manufacturer when its first production models built under its own badge hit the streets next August.

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It will be the first time that the nation of Vietnam ever hosts an F1 race, and is a moment of pride for Vietnam and indeed the rest of Asia.

The actual price tag after building the track, paying for security and promoting the event around the world is likely to be much higher, said Truong Anh Ngoc, sports correspondent at the official Vietnam News Agency. "The city of Hanoi I think is increasingly one that's capturing the world's imagination", he said.

Neither Brands Hatch nor Donington Park, which hosted the 1993 European Grand Prix and was in line to host F1 from 2010 until plans fell through, are at the required level, while occasional ideas to hold a race in London have never been fully developed.

Vietnam's largest conglomerate, Vingroup, has signed a "multiyear deal" to host the event, the release read.

The streets of Hanoi are known for being narrow, congested and teeming with motorbikes, but the roads in the city's newer western suburbs are wider.

The team has "worked to enable a circuit that will not only test the drivers, but also ensure that our fans enjoy the racing spectacle", Carey, the F1 chairman, said.

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