Thailand GP track route confirmed for 2015 race

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Bangkok, 2010The proposed route for the track which will host Thailand’s round of the 2015 F1 season has been approved by the government.

Thailand Sports Authority governor Kanokphand Chulakase approved the layout, which is made up of streets around the Grand Palace, on Thursday according to the Bangkok Post.

The start and finish area will overlook the Chao Phraya River. “We may be able to build the main stands in the river,” said Chulakase, “It would also be convenient for transportation of equipment.” Seating for up to 150,000 spectators is planned around the course.

From the waterfront the cars will follow a clockwise route which takes in Ratchadamnoen Avenue which Mark Webber drove along in a demonstration run for Red Bull in 2010.

A final track layout will require formal approval from the FIA before the race takes place in two years’ time. Race organisers intend Thailand’s first grand prix to take place at night.

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160 comments on Thailand GP track route confirmed for 2015 race

  1. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 26th April 2013, 11:24

    Let’s see: one fast corner, one hairpin, a roundabout (hopefully with some point of interest in the middle of it, like the fountain of Long Beach), and a liberal amount of 90-or-so degree boring corner… Unimpressed. Only elevation changes could make it more interesting, but I’m not optimistic on this one either.

  2. joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 26th April 2013, 11:33

    The last/start of first sector, look just awful. Typical rubbish street track.. There are plenty of way this track can be improved, and the potential is there for a good street track (although it will never have anything on the classic permanent and purpose built race tracks)..
    Here’s a quick one I mocked up, and i’m sure there’s many other variations that could be much better than the proposed..

  3. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 26th April 2013, 11:36

    I actually like this design. Sure, it’s not going to be a classic driving circuit, but in its simplicity it is still very different to almost every race on the calendar. And that’s what F1 needs – variety.

    My only gripe is the length – there are far too many 5-6km tracks in F1. We need more short tracks. I’d be happy if there were a circuit where drivers could get around in a minute. More traffic, more laps and ultimately more action for the fans in the grand stands.

  4. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 26th April 2013, 11:43

    It looks like a power hand drill :/ …

  5. William (@william) said on 26th April 2013, 12:00

    Here’s my prediction for 2015:
    Round 1. Bahrain
    Round 2. Australia
    Round 3. Malaysia
    Round 4. China
    Round 5. Turkey
    Round 6. Spain
    Round 7. Monaco
    Round 8. Canada
    Round 9. New Jersey
    Round 10. Britian
    Round 11. German
    Round 12. Hungarian
    Round 13. Belgian
    Round 14. Italy
    Round 15. Singapore
    Round 16. Thailand
    Round 17. Russia
    Round 18. Japan
    Round 19. India
    Round 20. Abu Dhabi
    Round 21. Mexico
    Round 22. Texas
    Round 23. Brazil

  6. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 26th April 2013, 12:00

    It looks like a blast, I can’t wait. Sure, there’s no Eau Rouge or Turn 8 or anything like that, but I’m hopeful the layout will produce good racing.

    It might also work as a venue. Bangkok is a popular tourist destination, so it should be easier to find affordable flights and accommodation, for instance compared to Korea, or even Spa or Silverstone for that matter.

    So how likely is the event to happen?

  7. Todd (@foxxx) said on 26th April 2013, 12:05

    I highly doubt this will happen. the whole area is gridlock every day of the week. like 4 hours to get 1km style of gridlock.

    just to go 5km to get to the race of champions took 1hr. the amount of people who will fight to get it stopped will be huge. these are the same people who fought to stop a monorail project because it’ll take up too much side walk space… they complain about traffic, but don’t want anything to change.

    • Vincente said on 26th April 2013, 12:23

      Exactly.

      Attending the ROC was an absolute nightmare. Very very narrow back road and the traffic on the main road is just…dreadful.

      Not to mention that the road quality is just plain bad.

  8. LifeW12 (@lifew12) said on 26th April 2013, 12:14

    Alright everyone, I’ve finally finished my photo tour of the track using Street View. I can’t imagine F1 cars going along some of the streets I looked at.

    http://cliptheapex.com/threads/photo-tour-of-the-proposed-thai-gp-route-to-come.6201/

    if someone could post that on here that would be great :D

  9. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 26th April 2013, 12:14

    Let’s see… The streets and roads of Bangkok are capable of handling just over 2 million vehicles a day without too much of a problem, however there are over 7 million vehicles in the city. The closest you can get to this area using mass transit is the terminal station of the underground (MRT) and that drops you just about in China Town. One still has to get to the race site and back using surface roads. The area is a major tourist attraction and is easily on of the most congested ares in Bkk, so closing down roads to st up a circuit will be a nightmare for locals.
    The 3rd race of this season was April 12 – 14. Thai New Year (Songkran usually lasts for 5 days here) was officially on the 13th of April this year and many Thais go back to their villages to celebrate, this and the fact that most public schools are on break may ease congestion a bit, but it’s also the biggest party time of the year and that isn’t going to help.
    This is also typically the hottest time of the year in Thailand. It did in fact rain a bit this year which is a bit unusual, but when the rain stops and the skies clear, the sun will burn the top of your head off. We had temps @41C with a heat index of 44C.
    I can go on forever as to why there shouldn’t be a GP in Bkk. I plan to be out of the city when and if it happens.

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 26th April 2013, 12:30

      My comments regarding Bkk as the 3rd race of the season was based on William (@william)’s predictions. ;)

    • SoerenKaae (@soerenkaae) said on 27th April 2013, 14:52

      Working in Thailand, I agree with you on this. How on earth are spectators and crew going to get there and back? If you block such a central part of a city that is already congested for 20 hours a day, how is ANYTHING going to move?

      Also I was at the Race of Champions last year at Rajamangala, and only like 10,000 seats were taken up. For this to be anything close to a succes, ticket prices must be payable by atleast middle class Thais, and I am afraid they wont be.

      On a further note, what happens to all these plans if the King dies? Many people are expecting quite a political stir if this happens, and I would expect that a new political leader would mean a new look on an F1.

  10. laptopracer (@laptopracer) said on 26th April 2013, 12:38

    I think people are forgetting that F1 is a world focused sport, and with Asia being the biggest emerging market for sponsors and fans of course they will have more races. The only way to grow the fan base around the world is to equally distribute races on each of the continents which means Europe will obviously lose races. It obviously means some fans won’t be happy but it is for the ‘greater good’ so get on with it.

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 26th April 2013, 16:06

      “Asia being the biggest emerging market for sponsors and fans”…then why are the Korean,Chinese,Bahrain and Abu Dhabi races so poorly attended?? The only Asian races which have been highly appreciated by the local fans are Japan(but its not a recent addition to the calender),Malaysia,Singapore and India(to a lesser extent). Infact,the poor attendance we see in Asian races is one of the major gripes which i have against Bernie’s “look-East” policy…

      • TruthTeller (@litepad) said on 27th April 2013, 4:01

        That’s the most ridiculous argument I’ve ever heard … Why do you care about attendance ? .. No one does as long as the racing is good !…
        Anyway you’ve got your data all wrong … Only Korea and maybe Bahrain is poorly attended, China has been very well attended for the last 2 years. All the others are doing well… Singapore GP has been sold every year since it’s inauguration.

      • laptopracer (@laptopracer) said on 2nd May 2013, 18:01

        Attendance will surely increase as more people get exposed to the sport, plus the organisers must make it affordable for the locals to actually go and see the racing on the track and not just tv. The Indian GP has done a great job with the tickets with the cheapest being £20, and with Force India being in the sport there is actual interest so hopefully attendance will grow to more than the 65,000 it was last year.

  11. Tommy C (@tommy-c) said on 26th April 2013, 12:54

    Um… is that a roundabout after the hairpin…?

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 26th April 2013, 13:07

      @tommy-c – Yes, it is. Although it could be a roundabout on the approach to the hairping.

      However, that image of Webber going past the monument is taken from the roundabout. In the centre of the roundabout the is Democracy Monument, and the road itself is Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Ratchadamnoen Avenue is one of the main thoroughfares through Bangkok. If you check out the satellite view of the city, you’ll see that the road is actually five or six lanes wide there – the King of Siam who had it built used to have massive royal parades down it – so it’s not going to be much of a chicane. The cars will take it at or near full throttle.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th April 2013, 14:42

      Sure is, the one on the picture on top too @tommy-c

  12. David not Coulthard (@) said on 26th April 2013, 15:36

    If the FIA doesn’t add corners to that, then it looks good. (New) Tracks with long straights and few corners are as rare as motor racing fans wanting to go to Aintree, I think, so I see something refreshing.

    A great reason to remove Bahrain, though perhaps not good enough to BE, among others?

  13. BJ (@beejis60) said on 26th April 2013, 16:33

    So to see a new, challenging course… Is Bernie wanting the F1 drivers of 2015 to also have to dodge the karts that will be racing on the track as well?

  14. Howard (@howard) said on 26th April 2013, 16:51

    Korea was meant to have been last race last year, the promoter is still insisting, i can’t see it continue past this year, the single big issue to it is the location, it’s so far from the Seoul and a disaster as the planned development never came through.

    There was talk of a F1 race in Gangwon province – Inje which is 120km from Seoul in a touristy province but the track is 3.9-4km and grade 2 FIA only, due to be finished this July and having LMP, Ferrari WEC, Formula Nippon F2 starting in August.

    Thailand is awesome, you can get everything 1st world food/drinks and services for 3rd world prices.

  15. anon said on 26th April 2013, 17:18

    This track is going to look incredible, especially at dusk.

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