F1 » Tilke 'approached to design new Thai track'

Herman Tilke has been approached by former leading Thai politician Newin Chidchob to design a new F1 circuit in Thailand, according to local media reports.

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January 24, 2013 7:07 PM

rob is right. there is a skill to designing a track, which must incorporate certain fia parameters. the tilke company has the experience. yes there is criticism of some of the tracks that have been designed, but the criticism is not of the construction etc. in fact, all have coped well. the criticism that is deserved is to the provider of the site. after all, who could have done a better job of the industrial area that is valencia? tilke wasnt responsible for the flat featureless site. at least he provided a circuit to the fia requirements.
he did a great job with austin, so provided that he is given an interesting site, there is no reason to suspect that a new track would be below par. give him a hilly, forested area, and we might have a great track.


January 24, 2013 8:15 PM

if not tilke...? who ya gonna call... ghostbusters...? if you were spending YOUR millions of dollars, are you going to award the contract to some random company/person...? no, you're going to award it to the firm with a proven track record (pun intended) of results with these kinds of projects. to say you would do anything other is a lie.

mike - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 10:36 PM

Couldn't agree less. Tilke has been given a lot of good sites and he's ruined them. Just look at what he did to osterreich and hockenheim. All these new 'tilkedromes' are boring and soulless, which wouldn't bother me so much if he wasn't also messing with historically significant tracks. He completely removed the charm and character of hockenheim - once loved by fans, now no one cares about the German gp. Osterreich was loved by fans and drivers alike, then they put tilke onto it and turned it into a dull circuit which neither fans nor drivers liked at all. What's next? Get him to demolish the monza banking to put in a stadium section? Maybe they could get him to redesign the nordschleife so he can ruin another great German track? Build another sh***y stadium circuit to soil the nurburgring name like the gp strecke did to the sudschleife. Don't forget this kind of thing has been done to numerous great tracks, we need more really great tracks and we need them to stop messing with tracks

guy - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 11:56 PM

time the organisers found a new designer as tilke tracks are boring there seems to be no challenge for anyone let a new designer have a go

Anon999 - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 4:30 PM

What has always bothered me is that nobody else every got the chance to design a track once Tilke got his nose in the trough. There should have been at least 2 track designers from the very beginning of this saga.


April 27, 2013 6:54 PM

Ah, all the comments are about Tilke and his tracks. Love them or hate them. But the mere concept of an F1 event in the poorest region of Thailand should be questioned. I do not believe believe the Bangkok street circuit will ever happen (thanks to rampant corruption) and I do not believe that a project involving Newin Chidchob will ever come to fruition. Buri Ram is one of the poorest regions of Thailand. What would the rice farmers and buffalo-herders make of such an event?

alterative - Unregistered

April 28, 2013 8:18 PM

"Two alternatives: (a) let a child design it (3yro would be good enough), or (b) crowdsource it to the fans."

So according to you Spa, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Monza, etc were either made by 3yros or outsourced to fans.

There are many architects who know how to use AutoCad and have an understanding of motorsports you know.
And yes, enough of street circuits. They are unsafe and mostly lack flow.

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