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2020 F1 race in Vietnam cancelled due to Covid-19

The organisers of Vietnam’s first Formula One (F1) grand prix (GP) on October 16 announced the cancellation of the 2020 race in Hanoi due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision was made following discussions between the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the F1 Group, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association Limited Liability Company (VMA), and the Vietnam Grand Prix Limited Liability Company (VGPC).

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At the construction site of the F1 Vietnam Grand Prix racing track in Hanoi, February 2020.

“This has been an extremely difficult but necessary decision after the thorough consideration of safety criteria as well as the effectiveness of the race,” VGPC General Director Le Ngoc Chi said.

VGPC will refund all tickets sold to customers through the online channels or the distribution agents.

The Vietnam GP is the 13th F1 race cancelled this year, following the events in Australia, China, the Netherlands, Monaco, Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Singapore, Japan, the United States and Brazil.

The Vietnam GP 2020 was initially slated for April 5 but was then put on hold indefinitely on March 13 due to the unpredictable Covid-19 evolutions.

This year’s full F1 calendar features 17 races, most of which take place without fans in attendance. The next race is scheduled for October 25 in Portugal, followed by Emilia Romagna GP (November 1), Turkey GP (November 15), Bahrain GP (November 29), Sakhir GP (December 6) and Abu Dhabi GP (December 13).

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All ticket purchases for the Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix (GP) 2020 still remain fully valid along with their benefits, and will be automatically updated to the new race schedule when announced, according to organisers Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation (VGPC).
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The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation (VGPC) on February 21 inked a cooperation agreement on promoting the country’s tourism in association with the Formula One race.
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Source: NDO

2020 F1 race, Vietnam, Covid-19 pandemic, first Formula One, necessary decision, online channels, safety criteria
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