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Tilke: It is ambitious to build Vietnam circuit in time

  • Published on 24 Jan 2019 11:05
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  • By: Richard Fletcher

Hermann Tilke has said that it is an ambitious plan to build the Vietnam Formula 1 street circuit in time. However, he is confident that he will be able to complete it in time for its inaugural race in April 2020 which is the first new race venue agreed by F1 rights holder Liberty Media.

The construction is not due to start on the circuit until the end of January and then Tilke's company will have 12 months until everything has to be finished. Tilke added that the process of building a street circuit is no quicker than building one from scratch as although the roads are already there, there are many other details that need to be considered. 

Tilke said: "But this is not the first time we have done this. We only had 14 months in Bahrain for a complete track." He also added that the Vietnam circuit will be liked by the drivers: "Unlike some of the modern street circuits it will not be easy for them to drive."

With a design aimed at creating exciting racing, Tilke revealed that the track will feature a pitlane that cuts out a whole combination of turns. This should mean that drivers will only suffer a small penalty for making a pitstop. 

"That was a wish of the Formula 1 bosses. They wanted the time lost in the pitlane to be as small as possible to create more pitstops and give teams more options with the strategy."

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  • Stitch

    Posts: 5,312

    Ben benieuwd. Hoe staat het met de inhaalmogelijkheden òp de baan? Dit riekt namelijk naar het creeren van een stukje kunstmatig inhalen via de pits ...

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    • Jan 24 2019 - 11:37
    • Stitch

      Posts: 5,312

      oops, sorry, here we should write in English ;-)
      I am very curious if there will also be possibilities for overtaking on track as this pitstop-policy seems to me like the creation of an artificial way to overtake "off track" ...

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      • Jan 24 2019 - 11:40
  • f1dave

    Posts: 782

    Time to get rid of this guy.

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    • Jan 24 2019 - 15:35
  • Say whatever you want about the bloke, but Tilke know his stuff, and his tracks tend to be nice. One can generally recognize a Tilke track pretty well, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain to mention a few. The more unique tracks are the Red Bull ring and COTA (IMO), and even then there are traces of him. With too many tracks from the same designer it can get a bit samey, and, while it doesnt have to be a bad thing per se, it isnt optimal.

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    • Jan 24 2019 - 16:30
    • I recognize his tracks everywhere I go. In front of IKEA or at the airport. This guy is a genius. He inspired so many designers.

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      • Jan 24 2019 - 16:51
    • I mean, considering his track record (yes, that was an intentional pun) it wouldnt surprise me if he was involved in designing the base layout of most Ikeas, and it wouldnt surprise me either if he has designed at least one airport.

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      • Jan 24 2019 - 17:01

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