HANOI, Vietnam – The Vietnam Grand Prix Corp., promoter of the Formula One VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix, has revealed the official logo of Formula One’s newest track – the Hanoi Circuit.
The Hanoi Circuit will host the Formula One World Championship for the first time April 3-5. In addition, VGPC also unveiled the titles for the circuit’s Grandstands, named after nine iconic Vietnamese cities and locations.
In naming the Hanoi Circuit Grandstands, the promoter’s aim has been to pay tribute to some of Vietnam’s most famous and important landmarks, major cities and provinces whilst also blending each location’s characteristics with the circuit’s own at each Grandstand’s position along the 23-turn, 5,607km long track.
As such, the Thăng Long (Hanoi’s traditional name) Grandstand is located at the starting grid, symbolizing the constant forward motion, energy and progress of Vietnam’s capital city, whilst the Grandstand at turns two through four – whose winding arc shape symbolizes a flying dragon – is named after the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay, whose very name means ‘Bay of the Descending Dragons’.
In addition, the names of each grandstand were arranged in such a way to run in geographical order from North to South Vietnam following the sequence of turns from the beginning of the track to the end.
“We are proud to reveal the Hanoi Circuit logo alongside our grandstand names to the world,” said Le Ngoc Chi, the CEO of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corp. “The new logo reflects the energy, dynamism and progress of our capital city and the incredible new Hanoi Circuit while the naming of each Grandstand after iconic Vietnamese cities and landmarks is our way of both paying tribute to Vietnam’s vibrant modern culture and rich history as well as helping to educate our international guests a little more on all this country has to offer. This also reflects our ongoing efforts to promote Hanoi to the millions of F-1 viewers around the world and to demonstrate Hanoi’s pride in it’s capability to build a world-class car racing and entertainment facility and to deliver one of the most prestigious sporting events.”
The names of all the Hanoi Circuit grandstand names are:
Thăng Long Grandstand – Located along the Starting Grid, this stand takes its title from Hanoi’s traditional name – meaning a rising dragon – and symbolizes the constant growth and development of the city.
Hải Phòng Grandstand – positioned by turn one, this is named after the major port city that also functions as an industrial centre and the largest seaport in the North of Vietnam. This is also the third largest city in the country, the second in the North and one of the five municipalities.
Hạ Long Grandstand – Positioned at the winding arc that makes up turns two through four, this Grandstand is named after Ha Long Bay, the world-famous UNESCO World Natural Heritage, considered to be one of the most beautiful natural settings on the planet and also renowned as the mythical home of dragons.
Huế Matrix One Grandstand – This Grandstand is situated at the tricky turn seven and eight sequence and is named after the central Vietnamese city – another UNESCO Heritage Centre – that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. The Hue Matrix One Grandstand is sponsored by MIK Group.
Đà Nẵng Grandstand – this stand is located just past turn 10 and is named after Vietnam’s fourth largest city, the key economic region of the Central area of Vietnam, famous for its white sand beaches, Ba Na Mountain, Son Tra peninsula & Marble Mountain….
Nha Trang Grandstand – Set just before turn 11, this is named after the famous coastal resort city in southern Vietnam famed for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands in Nha Trang Bay, commonly referred to as ‘The Pearl of the East Sea” and one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations.
Sài Gòn Grandstand – Situated at turn 12, this is named after Vietnam’s largest city’s former name. One of the most important economic, cultural, political and educational centers of Vietnam, it is famous for its Ben Thanh market as well as the stunning Nguyen Hue street, Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and most recently the Landmark 81 building – tallest in Southeast Asia.
Cần Thơ Grandstand – found by turn 13, this Grandstand takes its name from the bustling city in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, celebrated for its canal network, nearby floating markets and fruitful orchards.
Phú Quốc Grandstand – located by turn 22-23, this grandstand is named after the largest island in Vietnam also known as Jade Island due to its picturesque beaches and magnificent landscapes such as the Phu Quoc National Park, An Thoi archipelago, Van Ninh fishing village and the Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc (the first and largest semi-wild zoo in Vietnam).