The Vietnamese Grand Prix will no longer be part of the 2021 Formula One schedule. The cancellation of the Hanoi race was confirmed after the race was scrapped from next year’s provisional calendar.
Unlike the cancellations of many other sports events in recent times, the cancellation of the 2021 Vietnamese Grand Prix was unrelated to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is because Vietnam is among the countries with the lowest numbers of infections. Instead, the race was cancelled following the arrest of Nguyễn Đức Chung, the Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee.
Information About the Cancellation
This year’s edition of the race, which had been originally scheduled to have been held in April, was cancelled due to the effects of the pandemic. It would have been the first time that a Formula One race would have been held in Vietnam. The country would also have become the ninth in Asia to host a race. It would have joined Japan, Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and India in having done so.
The race was to have been held at the Hanoi Street Circuit in the city’s Nam Từ Liêm district. The circuit with a length of almost six kilometres would have become the latest of a growing number of street circuits on the annual Formula One schedule.
The race is likely to be replaced by one in either Portugal, Italy, or Turkey. All three of those countries have hosted or will host races during the pandemic-truncated 2020 season.
Other Facts About Formula One in 2021
When the official 2021 calendar is announced on Tuesday, there will also be several other points which will not go unnoticed. For example, it has already been confirmed that a Grand Prix will be held in Saudi Arabia for the first time. The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be a night race held at the Jeddah Street Circuit in the city which gives the track its name.
Although there had been questions over whether a race would be held in Brazil next year, plans to proceed with the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix have materialized. It will be held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo – the same location where it has been since 1990.
If conditions are appropriate for doing so, the 2021 Formula One season will begin on Mar 21. The expected first race of the year will be the Australian Grand Prix, one of the many races which was cancelled in 2020.
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have forced the current season to have taken place behind closed doors. However, Formula One authorities are hopeful that the pandemic will sufficiently subside in order for fans to return to the circuits which they once thronged.
10th November 2020 17:24
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