F1 legend burns rubber in Hanoi

Legendary David Coulthard hit the streets in Hanoi on Saturday night in a Red Bull show run, kicking off the countdown to the first F1 race in Vietnam next year.

Coulthard, who has won 13 Grand Prix and stood on the podium 62 times, drove the F1 Red Bull car in front of My Dinh Stadium in the build up to Vietnam's first F1 races scheduled for April, 2020. Construction of Vietnam's first F1 circuit began last month. It runs more than 5.5 kilometers with 22 corners with a design inspired by some of the world's most exciting tracks like Germany, Monaco and Japan.

We are trying to make the race in Hanoi one of the most attractive in the world and one of the biggest events in the capital city every year. It will become a magnet for foreign visitors, said Le Khac Tiep, Vice Chairman of Vingroup, Vietnam's biggest conglomerate.

The F1 race in Hanoi will be a seven-day event, including parades, showcasing of racecars and other activities. In 12 months, fans are expected to see the world's best F1 racers such as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel in Vietnam's capital. Ticket prices will range from 75 USD to 390 USD. Vietnam will be the third Southeast Asian country to host a F1 race, after Malaysia and Singapore.

Source: VOV5