Thailand has grand prix plans for 2015

BANGKOK, THAILAND - DECEMBER 18: Mark Webber of Australia drives his Red Bull RB6 Formula One car at Rajdamnoen Avenue during a Red Bull Street Kings on December 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was a part of celebration ahead of the Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 83rd birthday. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)Dec.21 (Reuters) Thailand expects to host a floodlit Formula One Grand Prix in Bangkok in 2015, after plans were pushed back a year, the governor of the national sports authority said on Friday.

“An F1 race is likely to take place here in early 2015 instead of in 2014 [as] in our initial plan,” Kanokphand Chulakasem told the Bangkok Post newspaper.

The 2014 season is due to see two new races, at Sochi in Russia and at a New Jersey street circuit, on a calendar which already has a record 20 rounds, but Thailand would be a novelty for the year after.

Bangkok’s Rajamangala stadium recently hosted the annual Race of Champions event with Red Bull‘s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel teaming up with Michael Schumacher to win the team title for Germany.

The paper’s website quoted Red Bull’s Michael de Santiesteban, representative of the energy drink’s Thai co-owner Chalerm Yoovidhya, as saying that talks with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone were going well.

“It is likely to be held in Bangkok. With Thailand on the calendar, a current race is likely to be removed,” he said.

Chulakasem met Ecclestone at this year’s Singapore Grand Prix in September and said then that there was an agreement in principle for a race in 2014.

Tourism and sports minister Chumpol Silpa-archa said at the same time that the government would bear 60 percent of the total cost and the rest would come from private companies.

Red Bull’s British-based Formula One team has won both championships for the past three years and are expected to back the Thai race.

Southeast Asia already has two races, in Malaysia and the night-time Singapore Grand Prix.

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  • Joe Kinnear

    20 is already a lot. I have a better idea.. scrap all the Trash Tilke Tracks and replace them with “real” drivers circuits like Imola, Magny Cours, A1 Ring (now Red Bull Ring). Then it’ll be 10x better to watch.

  • Nemo

    @ Joe, isnt the A1 Ring a Tilke track? Sure, some tracks seem a little boring, but in his defense he has to work with an area he is given. Im not a fan of Singapore, Bahrain, Yas Marina. But what about Turkey, Malaysia & USA?