VGP – The Viet Nam Formula One Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place from April 3-5 in Ha Noi, has been postponed due to complex developments of COVID-19, according to the organization board’s announcement on March 13.
The announcement writes that: “The decision to postpone the Formula 1 Vinfast Viet Nam Grand Prix 2020 was made after several discussions and careful consideration between the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), Formula One World Championship Ltd (F1), the Ha Noi People’s Committee, and the Viet Nam Motorsports Association (VMA), with a consensus from the Viet Nam Grand Prix company (VFPC).
This is a tough decision as 2020 is the year Viet Nam became one of the 22 official hosts of the F1 race. VGPC and the city’s committee has prepared the best of infrastructure and technical and technological foundations that meet the strict requirements of F1 and FIA.
The F1 circuit in My Dinh has been completed at international standards and ready for operation. However, as COVID-19 is getting more complicated and declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, Formula 1 Vinfast Viet Nam Grand Prix has been postponed to ensure the safety of the Vietnamese people, visitors, racers and partners.
FIA, F1, the Ha Noi People’s Committee, VMA and VFPC will continue their collaboration and keep a close watch on COVID-19 to decide on a new date that will be safer and more suitable for the grand prix to take place and will make an official announcement to the public.
As Formula 1 Vinfast Viet Nam Grand Prix is one of the most anticipated events of the F1 calendar this year, FIA, F1, the Ha Noi People’s Committee, VMA and VFPC will do their best to bring it back to Ha Noi after COVID-19 is under control.”
The same day, Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung ordered a temporary closure of the historical relics in both urban and suburban areas, and a halt of the operation of the bars and karaoke parlours as well as music programs until the end of March.
As of early March 14, the capital city of Ha Noi has confirmed seven COVID-19 infection cases. The first COVID-19 patient in the city was announced on March 6.
By Thuy Dung