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Vietnam says may host F1 race in November

Wednesday, July 08, 2020, 09:00 GMT+7
Vietnam says may host F1 race in November
Aerial view of the Formula One Vietnam Grand Prix racing track construction site in Hanoi, Vietnam March 12, 2020. Photo: Reuters

HANOI — Vietnam could host the country’s first Formula One Grand Prix in late November, the ruling body of its capital city said on Monday, as the country approaches three months without domestic transmission of the coronavirus. 

The Vietnam Grand Prix was initially due to take place in Hanoi on April 5 but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers said they would monitor the virus situation and pick another time for the race. 

“We are assessing all virus-related issues and will discuss them with the organizers. Hopefully the race can be resumed by end-November,” Hanoi’s chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said at a meeting attended by local media, of which a recording was obtained by Reuters

Chung did not elaborate and it was not clear if a November date had been discussed with Formula One. 

The 2020 Formula One season started in Austria on Sunday with an initial calendar that so far has eight races in Europe, without spectators, until September, with uncertainty about how many races there will be. 

Thanks to an aggressive, targeted testing program and a centralized quarantine system, Vietnam has contained infections numbers to just 369, most of whom have recovered.

There have been no reported deaths.



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