Formula One welcomed Vietnam as its newest race on Wednesday (Nov 7) while reminding some of the oldest, and British Grand Prix hosts Silverstone in particular, that they could take nothing for granted.
Silverstone a year ago triggered a contract clause that will see their deal end early, which will expire in 2019.
Bratches made it clear that city-based Global Positioning System have a major appeal to F1 because it puts the racing closer to bigger populations, which is why Vietnam's race in Hanoi will join Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan as a street race. Hamilton won the Brazilian race in 2016 and lifted his first F1 title in Sao Paulo 10 years ago, finishing fourth after a dramatic overtake on the last lap.
Silverstone, host of the inaugural World Championship race in 1950, has been a permanent fixture on the calendar since 1987, having previously alternated with Brands Hatch. However, plans to add a Miami street race in 2019 fell flat earlier this year and have since been postponed indefinitely, while the majority of teams are against expanding the calendar beyond 21 grands prix.
"We have worked with local authorities and apparently they'll have a much larger presence as well".
"This is an important event not only in the field of sport but also in culture and society, contributing to the development of Vietnam", Phuc said in a government statement. "Firstly, we want to preserve the heritage races".
This week Formula One confirmed the city of Hanoi will host Vietnam's first grand prix in 2020. "I'm talking about the Silverstones, the Spas, the Monzas of this world", Bratches commented.
"Beyond that we are looking to identify further street races, so this race is a further step in terms of our vision".
"One of the things we have been intensely focused on is extending grand prix racing to iconic cities, in downtown areas, where we can best engage fans", he said.
The race will certainly be more action packed than the Monaco or Singapore Grand Prix's due to the presence of two long straights, with one measuring 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles).
"We are thrilled to be here in Hanoi, one of the most exciting cities in the world right now with such a rich history and an incredible future ahead of it".