I am going this year, and I’ve been monitoring the situation in Bangkok for the last week. There were political triggers for this (which does normally occur in Thailand every 2-3 years), but suffice it to say that this is a case of very bad timing for the RoC. I am hoping things get decided politically one way or the other this weekend. Otherwise, prolonged protests will probably cause the RoC to be delayed to March (which may severely hamper the driver lineup, as most will be well into preparations for 2014 by then). Not to mention causing people like me some financial pain (with rebooking fees and whatnot).
On the one hand, the government would not want to have this kind of unrest in full public view of a sizable amount of tourists. On the other hand, postponing the event may be seen as a “win” by the protesters, as the government couldn’t keep them under control.
The Sports Authority of Thailand and the organisers of the 2013 Race Of Champions have announced that the event cannot take place as planned on December 14-15 due to the current political situation in Bangkok.
There was never going to be an F1 race in Thailand.
The irony here is that the entire F1 circus still went the Bahrain (repeatedly) in a far more turbulent political crisis than has ever hit Thailand.
In the last coup (I have been there for several) I was still shopping at the SuperMarket the day that martial law was imposed, and driving down ChaengWattana alongside tanks with smiling soldiers in them, and flowers sticking out the end of the tanks guns….
By the 14th of December this will all be over. It will be over this week tbh.