HANOI, 29 May 2020:
The Vietnam Formula One (F1) Grand Prix could take place later this year – but without any international spectators, Vietnam news agency reported.
Organisers of the race, which had been scheduled for April but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are looking at ways it can be held.
Plans may be submitted to the Hanoi People’s Committee and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to host the race in November, if a number of safety conditions can be met.
Formula One CEO Chase Carey recently discussed plans to host races in Austria, England, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Austrian F1 race has been agreed in principle to happen on July 5, pending government approval. In the UK, the race may also go ahead if teams are quarantined for 14 days before.
If the race in Vietnam is held behind closed doors, organisers face losing as much as US$ 35 million in revenue, so instead they are looking at allowing local race fans entry.
International supporters who had previously booked tickets for the April meet were given a full refund.