While the race wasn’t included on the provisional calendar, there’s still a chance that a Vietnam Grand Prix will take place in 2021.
Vietnam was set to host its first Grand Prix on the streets of its capital Hanoi this season but it was cancelled following the coronavirus outbreak.
The inaugural race was then expected to take place next season. However, it didn’t feature on the provisional 23-race schedule released following the arrest Hanoi People’s Committee chairman Nguyen Duc Chung, an important figure in taking F1 to Vietnam.
The sport is now expected to select a race to replace the empty slot it leaves, with Istanbul and Imola reportedly the most likely candidates.
Nevertheless, Chloe Targett-Adams, F1’s global director of race promotion, says that discussions with Vietnam are still taking place.
“We will race at an alternative location if we have to, but obviously conversations with Vietnam remain ongoing,” she told RaceFans in an interview.
We have some options because we’ve gone through that process this year. We’ll kind of keep everyone updated, hopefully by the end of this year.”
“Brazil is an incredibly important market for us, with millions of fans and the legendary Ayrton Senna. An opportunity to renew in Sao Paolo presented itself, so it is on the calendar and subject to a multi-year contract.
“That’s where we’re going to be racing next year.”
The 2020 season looked to be in danger of not going ahead when it’s start was postponed due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. However, an alternate calendar was put together and it finally got underway in July.
It’s now all but certain that the season will end with 17 races completed. Targett -Adams is proud of this achievement, but is waiting until the end of the year to celebrate.
“It’s phenomenal to think what the Formula 1 community have achieved over the last few months,” she added.
“I mean, we’ve only been racing since July and, obviously, a lot of planning went into that. But so far we’ve done 14 races in 10 countries in this incredibly unique environment.
“Formula 1 was the first international sporting competition to restart safely. It was key for us, working with promoters, local governments, the FIA – obviously a key part – and all teams to ensure we could safely return.
“But we haven’t completed the 17 races yet. I think the celebrations will start at that point in Abu Dhabi, our final race.”