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. mixwell (@mixwell) said on 26th April 2013, 17:19

    It looks more like Samurai Jack’s leg. With swollen hamstrings.

  2. Harry Westwood (@sirspuddington) said on 26th April 2013, 17:37

    Ah, I see once again Bernie is preparing to sell out to the asians, and probably end up removing a proper quality circuit. If you ask me, we don’t need more street tracks, but a French GP should be held once more or the european gp held there.

    • TruthTeller (@litepad) said on 27th April 2013, 6:24

      Europe have no money ! … Who is paying for the technology currently invested in F1 ? .. The paltry 5 to 10 million paid by most existing European circuits ? ….
      F1 is becoming very popular worldwide, Europeans are not the only people watching anymore… Stop complaining.

  3. Chris (@aclasschris) said on 26th April 2013, 19:53

    Oh good, another irrelevant street course in a city/country with no motor sports heritage or Formula 1 fan base…

    • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 26th April 2013, 21:06

      Indeed…

      Can’t wait to see the turn out for this. Probably around 25 not including all staff, promoters and rich nobodies.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 27th April 2013, 13:34

        I don’t think so. Most of the Asian races haven’t actually targeted major cities. With this location people will struggle to avoid it- the biggest problem could be ticket prices keeping locals from giving it a look.

    • SoerenKaae (@soerenkaae) said on 27th April 2013, 15:08

      @classchris Sorry but your statement is not true. Thais are absolutely crazy about cars and motorsport, and don’t forget it is the home of Red Bull (atleast 51% of it). Most of Thailands racing is Touring and GT cars, but fans also follow F1 and Le Mans.

      Being a full time racemechanic in Thailand, I can tell you that if F1 delivers a good show at a fair price, the basis for succes is huge. If the Thais fall in love this GP would be awesome, but if they are denied acces (by fx ticket prices), it will take them further away from F1.

      At Bang Saen GP last year (a 4-day event on a small beachside/street track 100km southeast of Bangkok) there was an attendance of over 200,000 people! The racing was a mix of GT and touring car races. The event also attracts million dollar sponsor contract by companies such as Coca Cola, Singha, Toyota etc.

      Also Thailand actually has had an F1-driver:

  4. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 26th April 2013, 19:58

    Looks good to me. All the best tracks only have a few corners. All the recent streetish tracks have way too many turns – Valencia, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Korea.

  5. Abdurahman (@) said on 27th April 2013, 3:10

    If your gonna do a street circuit, might as well make it somewhere interesting. Let’s see, an abandoned olympic park in Russia, or downtown Bangkok. Which one do you think will be a more interesting weekend???? I think the whole idea is wild and fantastic.

  6. Tinesh Boopathy (@thecutekitten) said on 27th April 2013, 4:56

    Can you imagine a country like France which has given a lot to motor sports and has a lot to offer to motor sports ( Alain Prost, Renault, Magny Cours ) has no race but a places like Thailand, Korea are considered more worthy ? Wth.

    We already have a lot of established actual race tracks that are not put on the F1 calendar like Imola, Magny Cours, etc. We don’t need more street tracks.

  7. HawkAussie (@hawkaussie) said on 27th April 2013, 9:55

    My 2015 Calendar, And no New Jersey

    Round 1: Australia
    Round 2: Malaysia
    Round 3: Thailand
    Round 4: Bahrain
    Round 5: Monaco
    Round 6: Canada
    Round 7: United States
    Round 8: Mexico
    Round 9: Belgium
    Round 10: Germany
    Round 11: Spain
    Round 12: Hungary
    Round 13: Italy
    Round 14: Russia
    Round 15: Japan
    Round 16: China
    Round 17: Singapore
    Round 18: Russia
    Round 19: Abu Dhabi
    Round 20: Brazil

  8. RonanC (@ronanc) said on 27th April 2013, 15:16

    Another Singapore, i.e. a triumph of backdrop at the expense of track design.

  9. Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 29th April 2013, 4:41

    Just think it was only a decade ago when I & many others were all saying “thank god F1 is one series we’ll never see race at night”, and look come 2015 we’ll have atleast 3 possibly 4 night races (Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok & possibly Bahrain).

    Part of me is like ‘cool another street race in an exotic country & because of the time difference it’ll be a great viewing time here in the States’….. But then part of me is like ‘blah another boring street race in some crappy country that we won’t get to see any of anyway because it’ll be nighttime not to mention said country has like no racing history’….. But then again at the same time I would love for the Shanghai race to be replaced with a night race on the streets of Hong-Kong with all kinds of neon shop signs along the side of the track (think the fantasy Gran Turismo tracks, though most of those are Japanese).

  10. James Marten 1977 said on 30th April 2013, 3:28

    It’s really difficult to see how the city could handle a Grand Prix. Traffic and roads are pretty bad here. Interesting take on it from a local reporter here… http://asiancorrespondent.com/106686/bangkok-approves-track-route-for-formula-1-city-night-race/

  11. Lewis Cotton said on 28th May 2013, 21:18

    My ideal calendar:
    1. Australia
    2. Malaysia
    3. China
    4. Bahrain
    5. San Marino
    6. Monaco
    7. Canada
    8. Spain
    9. France
    10. Britain
    11. Germany
    12. Austria
    13. Belgium
    14. Italy
    15. Singapore
    16. Thailand
    17. Japan
    18. Abu Dhabi
    19. United States
    20. Brazil

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