Mark Webber, Red Bull, Bangkok, 2010

Thailand planning to hold F1 night race in 2014

2014 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Bangkok, 2010Thailand is poised to become the next country to join the F1 calendar in 2014.

The governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand Kanokphand Chulakasem told the Bangkok Post a deal had been agreed in principle with Bernie Ecclestone.

“It will be a city race like that in Singapore and Monaco. It will be a night race like the Singapore Grand Prix,” said Kanokphand.

Mark Webber performed an F1 demo run on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok in December 2010 which was watched by over 100,000 people.

The only Thai driver to have competed in the world championship was Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh (usually referred to as B Bira) who drove for Maserati, among others, in the 1950s.

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84 comments on “Thailand planning to hold F1 night race in 2014”

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  1. Damn you Ecclestone, damn you!!!

    1. Oh, yes, it’s such a travesty that he is trying to find new markets to grow the sport into …

  2. i know im going to get alot of bad replies, but here goes
    F1 already has alot of Street Circuits and does not need anymore, F1 fans dont treat Monaco with enough respect, and what about Australia, Canada, Singapore and if it goes ahead then New Jersey next year. In 2014, 1 race in 4 will become street racing which i dont find good at all, im all up for F1 in Thailand and think it would be good, but instead of Street Circuits, why not just make a proper race track with proper racing,
    ps hopefully Herman Tilke wont design this circuit aswel

    1. I think, you have quite succinctly explained the desires of most F1 fans.

      I for one, agree with you strongly.

  3. A lot of people in the comments above are assuming this will be a street circuit. Excuse my ignorance, by why is that the assumption? The only comparison being made to Singapore is the night race aspect. Why can’t a purpose-built track be made?

    1. Because the organisers said so themselves:

      “It will be a city race like that in Singapore and Monaco. It will be a night race like the Singapore Grand Prix,” said Kanokphand.

      1. Also, the Thai organisers only have an “agreement in principle” for a race. There’s still a long way to go before any sort of contract can be produced and a spot guaranteed, by wich point they will not have long to design and build a circuit. Most purpose-built circuits take at least two years to build, and that puts a lot of pressure on construction to get the job done. If anything goes wrong, they’d be pushing very hard just to keep up with the deadline.

        Assuming that the 2014 Thai Grand Prix was to be paired with the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix, then that means they pretty much have two years to the day right now, and they’re in no position to think about strting construction. If the 2014 Thai Grand Prix was to be paired with the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix, they would have just 18 months to get ready.

        To put it simply, there isn’t enough time to make a purpose-built circuit.

    2. @soundscape

      “It will be a city race like that in Singapore and Monaco. It will be a night race like the Singapore Grand Prix,” he (Kanokphand Chulakasem) said.

      I doubt there’s space for a proper race track in the middle of the city. Which makes it all the more sad they’re not considering a Long Beace style race at Phuket.

  4. Not another street race please.

  5. A night race in Hong Kong would be a more credible and fantastic idea actually.

    It was mooted once by their city officials after they saw Singapore’s success but the idea never got off the ground.

  6. Fair enough! It will be interesting to see a layout at some point, even if it doesn’t go ahead. I think it will have its work cut out to be as good as Singapore.

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