F1 2020: Vietnam Hanoi Circuit First Look

F1’s real-world activities in 2020 may not be going to plan, but the official F1 2020 game is still on the hook for that July 10 launch date. Continuing the tease, Codemasters has today revealed another piece of the new title, and it’s the new-for-2020 Hanoi Circuit in Vietnam.

The race in Vietnam should have already gone ahead, on April 5, but like so many other sporting fixtures this year it hit the cutting room floor. That means that today’s new video clip will be the first time anyone has seen F1 cars take to the brand-new circuit.

Renowned F1 circuit architect Hermann Tilke is responsible for the Hanoi loop, which is part-street circuit and part-race track. While much of the track uses existing roads around the My Dinh National Stadium — a 40,000 seat athletics and soccer stadium — there’s also a purpose-built section. Tilke has drawn inspiration from other F1 tracks, including the Monaco street circuit and Suzuka, in a similar manner to the design for Circuit of the Americas.

The result is an unusual three-pointed, anti-clockwise circuit. An enormous, 0.95-mile straight dominates one side of this triangle, running from a traffic circle down the Le Quang Dao highway, ending in a massive stop from over 200mph down to just 40mph. That’s likely to see some DRS overtakes, as well as some late-braking shenanigans.

Today’s virtual tour of the 3.5-mile track comes via Charles Leclerc’s 2020 Ferrari SF1000, and you can catch it in full below. Dr. Carsten Tilke, managing director of Tilke GmbH, comments:

“Hanoi Circuit offers a unique city circuit layout with several overtaking possibilities and high-speed corner combinations. Codemasters has done a great job recreating Hanoi Circuit, and the track will provide a new challenge for all players.”

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