Before the progress of the Covid-19 epidemic, many people were concerned that the F1 race in Vietnam would be adjusted after the meeting between Hanoi and F1 Group.
According to the traffic newspaper, tomorrow afternoon (March 11, 2020), city leaders. Hanoi will have a meeting with VGPC, Chairman of F1 Group and relevant departments, finalizing the final plan on the Hanoi F1 race, in accordance with the actual development of the Covid 19 epidemic in Hanoi.
It is worth noting that this important meeting took place in the context of the outbreak of Covid-19. This raises concerns about the possibility of adjusting the organization of the F1 race in Hanoi.
A representative of the Organization Board said that currently the preparation for the Hanoi race is still normal. Tomorrow’s meeting will be based on the situation and the reports to make a final decision.
As expected, the F1 race in Hanoi from April 3 to 5 will attract about 350,000 visitors, including fans following the race as well as domestic and foreign visitors.
Up to now, the organizer of the Vietnam F1 tournament, VGPC, has sold tickets online, with many par value, from 700,000 VND (ordinary tickets without seats) to the highest ticket class of 134 million dong (sitting and watching in the racing team member area).
Two weeks ago, press reporters and event support staff were also required to provide photos and applications for the event to be approved by the Organizing Committee. According to the schedule of the International Sports Racing Federation FIA and Formula One Group, F1 Hanoi is the third of 22 races in the 2020 season, taking place after two races in Australia (Melbourne City, takes place on March 15) and the Kingdom of Bahrain (TP Sakhir, takes place on March 22). After the race in Vietnam (Hanoi City, April 5) is the race in Shanghai, China (April 19).
However, on February 12, 2020, the International Sports Racing Federation FIA and F1 Group announced indefinitely delaying F1 Shanghai (China) race, scheduled to take place on April 19 due to worries. afraid of disease in this country. According to Chinese media, the decision to postpone the Shanghai race was made after failing to change the schedule for the race in Russia and Japan, taking place in October this year.
According to information from the F1 media unit, Liberty Media confirmed to Sportsmail, the F1 China race was delayed causing financial losses of more than $ 45 million (approximately VND 1,000 billion). This amount includes the cost of the race of $ 38.8 million, revenue from hotels of about $ 3.8 million and other commercial values depending on the events held around the race. This is a measurable number, not counting the damage to infrastructure investments, exploiting the image of the race.
F1 racing teams must be isolated before coming to Hanoi?
It is known that, on 6/3/2020, at the meeting of Steering Committee for Covid-19 epidemic prevention, Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung emphasized that Hanoi is trying its best, preparing all conditions to organize the tournament. F1 racing. According to the city leaders, up to now, nearly 100,000 people have registered to watch F1 racing in Hanoi and the schedule to organize the race has not changed.
“Tourists, even racing teams from the epidemic area need to be quarantined according to regulations for safety reasons. In case the disease situation develops badly, the city is ready to stop to ensure safety.” Mr. Chung said.