Promoters of the Vietnam Grand Prix are remaining hopeful of agreeing to new date for the inaugural race around the Hanoi Street Circuit, with attention riveted to having a rescheduled race staged in the back stages of the year.
The Formula 1 paddock were originally due to visit the Asian nation in April but the race has been temporarily shelved amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.
But despite F1 and the FIA admitting any revised 2020 calendar will likely feature less than the 21 races that were initially slated to be contested, Vietnam GP organisers are committed to ensuring the debut race goes ahead when the world championship heads to Asia.
However, salvaging the race could prove difficult as the added logistical and timeframe issues associated with being a temporary street circuit mean that any confirmation of the race proceeding must be made well in advanced.
Both Melbourne and Monaco, two fellow street venues, have had their 2020 races cancelled indefinably amid the pandemic while the Singapore GP remains doubtful with the sport likely to schedule races at permanent circuits in Russia and Japan.
The calendar’s other new addition to the schedule – Zandvoort – had its highly anticipated returned cancelled this week.
The championship is set to announce a revised calendar of races in Europe running from July to September and beginning with back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.