Vietnam Grand Prix organisers have released the first images of its newly completed pit and paddock complex, ahead of its debut Formula 1 race in early April.
The Hanoi street circuit features a 300m long pit building which has been purpose built for F1. It overlooks the start/finish straight, with the design inspired by Hanoi’s famous Imperial Citadel of Thang Long as well as the Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature – the symbol of Hanoi – ‘representing this proud nation’s long history and strong cultural legacy’.
The three-story structure is now complete with just over two months until lights out for the first ever Vietnam GP. The circuit itself is nearing completion too, with grandstands under constructions and landscaping to ensure it blends into the local surroundings.
Ms. Le Ngoc Chi, CEO of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation, was thrilled to announce the building’s completion: “This is an important moment in the development of the Hanoi Circuit and another vital milestone in the lead up to Vietnam’s first ever Formula 1 race weekend.
“Like the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and the Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature which have inspired the Pit Building’s design, we hope this structure will become another iconic Hanoi landmark.
“With the track itself nearing completion and grandstands starting to go up as the event draws ever closer, the excitement levels for the Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 are rapidly growing. We are ready and we look forward to seeing you in Hanoi very soon.”
The 5.607km circuit features 23 corners and is described as a hybrid design, fusing a street circuit’s characteristics with a permanent track layout, the first of its kind to be developed in partnership by Tilke Engineers and F1’s own Motorsports Division.