Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Lewis Hamilton unsure F1 needs Vietnam added to bloated calendar

Lewis Hamilton unsure F1 needs Vietnam added to bloated calendar

But while Liberty Media are keen to preserve the sport's historic races, Bratches has warned that the British Grand Prix could move to a new venue in order to keep it on the calendar.

Negotiations with Silverstone over the future of the British Grand Prix have been taking place for more than a year, since the circuit announced in 2017 that it would trigger a break clause to make the 2019 race the last of its current contract.

The wealthy city-state has been hosting F1 races since 2008 and has boosted annual attendance with its Marina Bay Street Circuit race, drawing some 263,000 to the three-day event this year.

Formula One would not disclose the race fees, which will be paid in full by VinGroup, but Vietnamese press put the number at US$60 million per year.

"It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I don't think that's a good thing personally", he said.

Silverstone, host of the inaugural World Championship race in 1950, has been a permanent fixture on the calendar since 1987, having previously alternated with Brands Hatch. "I haven't had the chance to fight for a couple of grands prix now, so I hope we can have a clean battle and show what's possible", said the Spaniard.

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"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.

Adding a new venue to the calendar, Formula One has announced that the city of Hanoi in Vietnam will be hosting an F1 Grand Prix from April 2020.

"The third segment features purpose-built facilities such as Shanghai, Austin, Texas and Bahrain". "The race is also an important part of our broader strategy to grow our sport in Asia, and clearly, Vietnam is a driving force for the growth in Asia".

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

"Most of our grands prix are now half an hour to an hour outside cities, so this race in Hanoi fulfils one of our preliminary goals - an iconic city hosting racing on a potentially thrilling street circuit. We have Monaco, Baku and Singapore, and this is a great addition to that lineup".

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