Video: Hanoi F1 street circuit onboard lap

Motorsport-Magazin revealed the first onboard video footage of the 5.56-km circuit which is a combination of street and classic circuit.

Reportedly, drivers and teams can expect to find a whole series of fresh challenges at Hanoi’s street circuit next year with 22 turns, the third-longest passage on the calendar taken at full-throttle (1.5 km), a top speed of around 335 km/h and an estimated lap time of 1:36.2 minutes.

Carsten Tilke, MD of Tilke GmbH said of the project: “The first section reminds me of the Mercedes Arena at the Nürburgring. Also, the track has very varied passages with high-speed turns, modelled to some extent on the Esses at Suzuka, and long straights that provide good overtaking opportunities with hard braking points.”

“Overall, it is a very challenging track, on which to race and will certainly produce plenty of racing action. It will not be easy to post a perfect lap on this track.”

The first virtual laps in Hanoi (shown in the video) were made possible by new software developed by Tilke’s company, making it possible for track layout to be virtually constructed and ‘driven’ in the simulator from the outset, while the laps posted can then be studied from every conceivable angle.