With preparations continuing apace for next April’s Vietnam Grand Prix, race organisers have added a new corner to their street circuit at the end of the lap.
Previously, the Hermann Tilke and Formula 1 Motorsport collaborative design featured 22 corners. But, following a review, a 23rd corner has been added with the track widened by approximately 15 meters, according to the official F1 website.
Following the example of the Circuit of the Americas, the Hanoi track takes inspiration from sections of some of the world’s most iconic venues including Monaco, Suzuka and the Nürburgring, with the latest modification extending the circuit length from 5.565km to 5.607km.
“In the course of building our new track, and carrying out geographical assessments, we have adjusted Turn 22 and added Turn 23 in consultation with Formula 1 and the FIA,” said Le Ngoc Chi, CEO of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation.
The change towards the end of the lap now creates a faster and more sweeping section that looks like it could result in a better spectacle and promote overtaking.
“We have a long stretch, which at 1.6km is one of the longest stretches on the calendar, and will see cars reach up to 335km/h,” added Chi.