Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Hanoi Grand Prix to begin in 2020: F1 boss

Hanoi Grand Prix to begin in 2020: F1 boss

F1's draft calendar for next year does not include any new races, although it is set for the latest finish to a season since 1963 - the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place in the first week of December.

Last year Silverstone bosses activated a break clause in the race's contract, agreed under F1's previous ownership, and the 2019 event is the last one under the current deal.

Although the size of that year's calendar is now unconfirmed, F1 hopes the season will include a street race in Miami after the planned 2019 edition was postponed.

"We're a 68-year-old entity and the nature of grand prix racing is that it is dynamic", he said in a Formula One question and answer.

"Silverstone was the first grand prix, but we haven't raced at Silverstone all those 68 years".

Winning the Formula 1 driver's championship "is a distant dream" for anyone who doesn't drive for Ferrari or Mercedes, Spain's Carlos Sainz Jr. said ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

"We're in a fortunate place right now that we have more places that want to have races than we can race".

"One of the most hard moments of the year was in Russian Federation for me", he had said in Mexico City, referring to a race in which Bottas was asked to move aside to let him win.

"We plan for this to be a long-term agreement, and we intend for this to be a long-term partnership", he added. They are very important to Formula 1, and they are very important to fans.

Formula One's mixed history in Asia shows that Vietnam will need to steer clear of the problems that plagued other races when it joins the circuit in 2020, experts say.

Ecclestone told Reuters past year that he had talks with the Vietnamese about a race while he was in charge but had decided, despite the money on offer, against it because he felt there were enough in that part of the world already.

It originally looked like the proposed Miami street race would have that honour.

Bratches explains that Liberty's vision for races are down to three separate categories, and that Vietnam would not impact the toes of heritage races such as Silverstone.

"Historically, Formula One has been very reactive in terms of people coming to them, but we have been more proactive, going to markets that we think are aligned with our brand values and which provide the opportunity to engage fans in new ways. We have Monaco, Baku and Singapore, and this is a great addition to that lineup".

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