Vietnam was supposed to organize a Formula 1 race for the very first time this year, but the corona virus threw a spanner in the works, initially postponing the Grand Prix and later canceling it completely. It was planned that the race would be held in the spring of 2021, but several sources report that the race is missing from next year’s provisional race calendar.
The main reason for this would be the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung. The chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee was deeply involved in organizing the race, but was arrested in August on suspicion of usurping state secrets.
Circuits are looking for a vacant spot
Despite the cancellation of the race in Vietnam, the season will most likely consist of 23 races next year. A number of circuits are looking for the spot of the race in the spring, including Istanbul Park, Imola, and Portimao. These three circuits were added to the calendar this year as an emergency solution, which was completely turned upside down due to the pandemic. In 2021, Formula 1 wants to return to a more usual schedule, with the previously announced Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia as a newcomer.
GP Brazil still in Sao Paulo
Unlike Vietnam, there is better news for Brazilian Formula 1 fans. It seems that the Interlagos circuit can still count on a place on the F1 calendar next year. The current contract with the circuit in Sao Paolo expires this year and the Formula 1 organization was already in talks with Rio de Janeiro about a relocation of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
However, the construction of the new circuit was delayed as it would involve cutting down quite a few trees, sparking opposition from environmental organizations and F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. Until the signal in Rio goes green for the construction of the new circuit, Interlagos certainly seems to have a place on the calendar.
The Barcelona circuit will also get a new deal for 2021. The Spanish circuit is said to be on the calendar for the last time this year, but Formula 1 is expected to see a lot more popularity in Spain next year with the return of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso at Renault and the move from Carlos Sainz to the Ferrari team.
The preliminary racing calendar for 2021 is likely to be officially announced later today. The Grand Prix of the Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort is currently scheduled for Sunday, September 5.