F1 » Bangkok street race circuit layout decided

Reports from Thailand say that the circuit layout for 2015's night race on the streets of Bangkok has been agreed by the country's sports authority.

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adrian broeders - Unregistered

April 27, 2013 5:51 PM

Fantasic idea formula one race in Bangkok,and i was there when Mark drove his Redbull car ,but why in the night again?
Is the organisation aware off the big extra investments in country where still is a lot off poverty,and i like the race to be held in daylight,because its still a great idea,to have a race in Thailand .


April 27, 2013 6:38 PM

Having lived in Thailand for 20 years I can not see this race ever happening. The government (ie the family of Thaksin and his sister the PM) have pledged to support the project 60%. The other 40% is to come from sponsors such as Red Bull and Singha. I know the route well and to upgrade the road surface will cost millions. To provide the night-lighting will cost millions. All the rest will cost millions. The 'government' will see this as an opportunity to pledge 60% (of tax-payer money) but get Red Bull and Singha to put up the real money while government individuals make millions of dollars (from the tax-payers) by having their family businesses supply sub-standard road surfaces, sub-standard lighting etc etc. I will be very surprised if this ever happens. But things will at least start so that tax-payer money finds its way into the pockets of corrupt government officials before the next election. Welcome to Thailand!

prof-x - Unregistered

April 27, 2013 7:19 PM

and you think its not like this anywhere else... lol...
Goverments have been sticking it to taxpayers and putting money in their own pockets for years.. why is this any different?

Captain Sensible - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 10:02 AM

Daft ideas, both Bangkok and night race oh and a track 400km north from the only big city. Thais prefer motorcycle racing so why not build a track near the airport that could be used for F1 as well?

tdog - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 2:52 PM

There are more ex-pats in Thailand than any other country in Asia. I hope Bernie is not banking just on this stat.

I think the Philippines is a much better pick. The government is not as corrupt as it used to be. They had a former Formula 3 Grand Prix winner in Dodjie Laurel, who won the Macau GP 2x. The same GP that Senna, Schumacher and Coulthard bagged during their prestigious careers. And Filipinos love big events, such as international concerts, boxing and mma fighting. They also undeniably adore cars.

And most importantly, it just surpassed India in outsourcing, which means that there are more Filipinos now who can actually afford to come to the races.


April 28, 2013 5:58 PM

Thais prefer motorcycle racing? I think not

There is a single Thai rider in MotoGP but it doesn't get anywhere near the coverage of F1. And while there may be no current Thai F1 driver, neither is there a Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Belgian, Hungarian, American, Bahraini or Abu Dhabian driver but all these places have GPs (some with crowds exceeding 5000).
There has been a Thai driver - Prince Bira - and there is an FIA standard circuit in Thailand (the Bira circuit, near Pattaya). No need to build a circuit on a swamp near Suvarnabhumi airport or one at Dom Muang where access is poor.
Money is certainly not short in Bangkok.
Nigs has the situation spot on. The 'government' will ensure they are rewarded first and last..

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