Skip to content

Proposed GP in Thailand has route finalized

Apr 26, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

European Red Bull Launches in Thailand Getty Images

The route for the proposed grand prix in Thailand has been finalized as plans to hold a race in the Asian country begin to gather steam.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has toyed with the idea of taking Formula One to the streets of Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, for many years now, and he confirmed at the end of last season that he was in negotiations to hold a night race there.

Thailand’s sports authority governor Kanokphand Chulakasem confirmed in an interview with the Bangkok Post that the route had now been agreed, suggesting that the race is all set to claim a place on the 2015 calendar.

“As the starting and finishing point would be on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, we may be able to build the main stands in the river,” Chulakasem explained in the interview.

“It would also be convenient for transportation of equipment.

Chulakasem also said that there would be minimal disruption for the race to go ahead.

“Only a small group of residents would be affected by the proposed route.”

Street races often cause great logistical problems, and many believe that this would be the biggest stumbling block for the proposed race in New Jersey, scheduled for 2014.

The layout for the race has met an underwhelming response from the fans though. With few challenges and many ninety degree corners, many will be hoping for the plans to be revised before the 2015 calendar is confirmed.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    What an uninspired circuit.

    Though having the race set amongst Bangkok’s “points of interest” would make for a pretty backdrop and I’m sure there’s massive support from Red Bull given Dieter’s ties to the country, but I have wonder about having another GP in a place where the price of ticket exceeds the annual income of the majority of the host nation’s citizens. Plus aren’t they in a state of civil war?

    And will the grid girls have to be in quotes? As in Grid “Girls”?

    “Street races often cause great logistical problems, and many believe that this would be the biggest stumbling block for the proposed race in New Jersey, scheduled for 2014.”

    I guess you are reffering logistics near or at the proposed circuit since the largest port and airport on the East Coast are both close to the circuit and are connected by several highways, rail lines, and ferrys. Access for the residents and parking for event-goers/workers however… that’s the nightmare. But if they can race at Monaco and Singapore then they can race anywhere. :P

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Video from NASCAR America

Most unexpected event of 2014?
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. J. Gordon (1799)
  2. K. Kahne (1760)
  3. J. Johnson (1691)
  4. D. Hamlin (1599)
  5. T. Stewart (1597)
  1. J. Logano (1590)
  2. J. McMurray (1585)
  3. A. Almirola (1360)
  4. R. Newman (1153)
  5. K. Harvick (1097)