Updated: 03/10/2012 15:36 | By pa.press.net

Bangkok could stage F1 street race



Bangkok could stage an F1 GP in 2014

Bangkok could stage an F1 GP in 2014

A grand prix in Thailand is on the cards from 2014 as an agreement is understood to have been reached in principle for a race to be run around the streets of Bangkok.

The news has been confirmed by Kanokphand Chulakasem, governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, who along with an advisor to billionaire Red Bull owner Chalerm Yoovidhya met Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone over the weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Speaking to the Bangkok Post, Chulakasem said: "It will be a city race like that in Singapore and Monaco, and it will be a night race like the Singapore Grand Prix." However, a sanctioning fee and contract have still to be agreed.

Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa claims the government would likely pay 60 per cent of the annual fee, with the remainder to come from private companies such as Red Bull and Singha.

11Comments
27/09/2012 13:41
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I live just outside of Bangkok. Trust me they have street racing 24/7. The only thing that slows them down is traffic congestion.

27/09/2012 16:30
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Give it a bloody break already Bernie!

No doubt this is to replace another of the brilliant classic European circuits that don't line his pockets as much.
28/09/2012 19:41
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What a great location for a grand prix race, bet the start line is gridlocked, the pits full of bargirls and the race eventually won by a tuk tuk driver high on thai whisky
27/09/2012 13:02
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Thought Bangkok already had one with Tuk-tuks!
27/09/2012 21:31
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Oh God!!  Not another boring caravan of cars playing follow my leader. These street races are a so boring, they need to make the circuits wide enough for overtaking. Whoever gets pole has won the race unless they break down.
27/09/2012 14:09
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wonder how much of a bung ( backhander ) ecclestone got for this one then ?
29/09/2012 09:40
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could be interesting seeing ladyboys as brolly girls on the grid and at least the punters will go home happy as they could bar fine most of the hot girls there - bring it on I say
27/09/2012 11:30
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do we really want another procession of gp cars??????????????
19/01/2013 18:08
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the dogs WILL be a problem. I watched a saloon car race in Bangkok and saw two separate cases of dogs wandering across the road. They cannot control them. If there is an accident will Bernie and co. foot the bills - I doubt it.
30/09/2012 09:22
28/09/2012 00:22
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What about the dogs, the street vendors, the poor quality of the roads ?
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