[ti:Formula 1 Prepares to Launch Racing in Vietnam][by:shang05.com][00:00.00]更多听力请访问shang05.com[00:00.04]A new car racing track is nearing completion in Hanoi, Vietnam.[00:08.24]The Formula 1 website reports that crews are expected to finish work on the race course next month.[00:18.36]The international racing event is making preparations for the country's first Formula 1 Grand Prix.[00:28.00]The race is to take place in April.[00:32.12]The Vietnam Grand Prix circuit, or raceway, is 5.6 kilometers in length.[00:42.12]It was designed to include a permanent track structure, but also extends into some of Hanoi's streets.[00:52.08]Formula 1 says it expects drivers to reach top speeds of about 335 kilometers an hour.[01:03.72]Asia experts say Formula 1's arrival in Vietnam demonstrates the economic health of the Communist-led country.[01:14.92]The Grand Prix races are expected to bring more foreigners into Vietnam.[01:22.20]Rajiv Biswas is the chief Asia-Pacific economist at market research company IHS Markit.[01:33.32]He told VOA he thinks the government will use Formula 1 events to expand the country's tourism industry.[01:43.88]"Then of course Vietnam's own more upper middle-class population[01:49.60]would be interested in these types of events," he added.[01:55.72]Liam Parker is head of communications for Formula 1.[02:01.24]He says one reason the organization chose Vietnam[02:05.56]was because of major growth in its increasingly market-driven economy.[02:12.32]The country enjoys a growing local population[02:16.20]with a "large and young workforce" and higher personal earnings, Parker told VOA.[02:24.92]"Hanoi is one of the most exciting cities in the world right now[02:29.92]with such a rich history and an incredible future ahead of it," he added.[02:37.80]"This is the perfect formula for Grand Prix racing[02:42.08]and we believe this will become a real highlight of the F1 calendar."[02:49.48]Between 2010 and 2018, the number of foreign tourists in Vietnam[02:56.12]expanded from 5 million to more than 15 million.[03:02.56]Vietnamese officials expect the Formula 1 event to bring in even more tourists,[03:09.36]said Mark Thomas, an advisor with sports marketing company OmniCom Experiential Group.[03:18.76]"I sort of think it works for both sides," Thomas said.[03:23.60]He explained that the government gets a new way to advertise Vietnam to the world,[03:30.04]while Formula 1 and its owners make money from the deal.[03:35.84]Vietnam, like China 15 years ago, is an "up-and-coming nation[03:42.00]that wants to showcase itself to the world," Thomas added.[03:47.84]Around East Asia, Formula 1 holds other races in China, Japan and Singapore.[03:56.92]More than one-third of Vietnam's 97 million people will be middle class or more by next year,[04:05.20]the Boston Consulting Group predicts.[04:09.44]The middle-class growth is fueled mainly by a rise in export manufacturing that has created jobs.[04:18.80]More Vietnamese now have money to attend live sporting events.[04:23.80]Soccer and basketball have both gained popularity in recent years.[04:31.24]A Formula 1 Grand Prix ticket will cost between $30 to $300,[04:38.56]depending on the event date and seats bought.[04:44.08]I'm Bryan Lynn. 更多听力请访问shang05.com