Vietnam GP dropped from Formula 1’s 2021 calendar!
Next year’s Vietnam GP that was scheduled to take place in Hanoi in April has reportedly been pulled off Formula 1’s provisional 2021 calendar.
Vietnam was set to make its historic F1 debut last spring, but the event was canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Liberty Media recently earmarked the race for April 25 of next year, but a key member of the race’s organization has been arrested on corruption charges.
According to the BBC, Hanoi People’s Committee chairman Nguyen Duc Chung was arrested in August for “alleged appropriation of documents containing state secrets”.
The charges are unrelated to the organization of the Vietnam GP, but Chung’s arrest has left a void in the event’s organization.
Furthermore, the Vietnam government has informed Formula 1 that its attention is currently focused on upcoming elections, the management of the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s recovery effort from a typhoon, priorities that have put the Hanoi race on the backburner indefinitely, with a risk that the event may never find its way back on to the sport’s calendar.
For now, the April 25 slot has been given a ‘TBC’ status on the 2021 provisional schedule and F1 could choose to replace Hanoi with one of this year’s “new” races, such as Portimão, Mugello, Imola or Istanbul.
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A spokesperson for F1 said: “Our calendar will be announced on Tuesday and we are not going to give a running commentary before its publication. It also needs to go to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for approval.”
According to multiple reports, Formula 1’s is set to return to Interlagos on the basis of a deal with a new Brazilian promoter.
Finally, the Dutch GP at Zandvoort, which was also scrapped from this year’s agenda by the coronavirus crisis, is expected to take place in September rather than in the spring.
Last week, outgoing F1 chief executive Chase Carey expressed his confidence in next year’s run of at least 22 events unfolding normally, barring a re-acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is Formula 1’s provisional 2021 calendar:
March 21 – Australian GP, Melbourne
March 28 – Bahrain GP, Sakhir
April 11 – Chinese GP, Shanghai
April 25 – TBC (To Be Confirmed)
May 9 – Spanish GP, Barcelona
May 23 – Monaco GP, Monte Carlo
June 6 – Azerbaijan GP, Baku
June 13 – Canadian GP, Montreal
June 27 – French GP, Paul Ricard
July 4 – Austrian GP, Spielberg
July 18 – British GP, Silverstone
August 1 – Hungarian GP, Budapest
August 29 – Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps
September 6 – Dutch GP, Zandvoort
September 12 – Italian GP, Monza
September 26 – Russian GP, Sochi
October 3 – Singapore GP, Marina Bay
October 10 – Japanese GP, Suzuka
October 24 – U.S. GP, Austin
October 31 – Mexican GP, Mexico City
November 14 – Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo
November 28 – Saudi Arabian GP, Jeddah
December 5 – Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina
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