F1 » Thailand set for 2015 F1 debut

Bernie Ecclestone claims that a night race on the streets of Bangkok will be a reality in time for the 2015 F1 season

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KGBVD - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 3:49 PM

Wow, I don't get the hate.

An F1 race builds support. 14 years after Sepang debuted we had two Malaysian F1 teams. 7 years after China debuted, we have the first Chinese F1 driver. The only races that I can think of that are abysmal failures are Turkey and Valencia (interestingly, both in Europe), soon to be joined by Nurberg.

Why? Because Europe is bankrupt. Why are you whinging and hating when the new money out east is the only thing keeping F1, the sport we love and watch, interesting and successful?

Plus the night races look fantastic. Was either Abu Dhabi or Singapore boring this year? No, both were fantastic races. Did you have to alter you schedule for either? No, both were at the usual time.

Add another Race out east. EVEN IF it's a boring track, how is it any different than Hungaroring or Valencia? Oh that's right, they can pay more.

Fine by me.


December 19, 2012 4:10 PM

KG, It's not hate of a continent it's hate of more characterless, showpiece, gimic tracks that have no racing heritage. Suzuka is in Asia most fans including me love it because it's a bloody great racing circuit.

Yes I admit Abu Dhabi and Singapore were great races this year but that was a complete shock because usually they are crap!

I really don't care if the track looks cool all lit up at night or if it's painted pretty colours with sparkly hotels like Abu Dhabi. I want proper racing tracks that challenge a driver, attended preferably by proper racing fans. I really don't give a toss about what continent it's in.

Josh - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 4:42 PM

"It's will be an insult to the F1 with empty seats"
"Great, another Asian race that nobody cares about."

Neither of you have been to any SE Asian races, have you? Both Singapore and Malaysia have massive crowds every year. The locals love the race and many Australian and New Zealand F1 fans make the journey as well.

Singapore regularly sells out early, and the average attendance of the Malaysian GP is over 100,000. Go to Sepang and you can get three days admission to a fantastic vantage point where you can see every corner in sector three, all for under $10.

Great races, great attendance, and greatly loved by we F1 fans in this corner of the Earth.


December 19, 2012 5:02 PM

Completely agree with Taipan.

Certainly nothing against Thailand, I spent two weeks there zooming about on a RVF400 and taking in the local culture. The roads are deadly, was extremely lucky not to fly back to the UK in a box.


December 19, 2012 5:22 PM

"An F1 race builds support. 14 years after Sepang debuted we had two Malaysian F1 teams. 7 years after China debuted, we have the first Chinese F1 driver. "

Well, Sepang first featured in 1999 and 14 years later makes...2013 Oops
Malaysian manufacturer Proton owns Lotus Cars but that has no connection with ownership of Lotus F1. They merely sponsor.
Caterham are Malaysian owned. So that would be just the 1 Malaysian team (no Malaysian drivers though). Oops

And I'm afraid we don't have a Chinese driver in F1. One did make a couple of appearances in FP1 for a team that does not now exist.. No other Chinese driver has ever appeared in F1, despite not being short handed as a country.

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