Pattaya wants to host Formula 1 race

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f1thaiThe popular Thai beach town of Pattaya wants to be the stage for the Grand Prix of Thailand 2015 after Bangkok residents and environmentalists expressed opposition to hold the Formula 1 race in the capital, citing possible damage for historical sites and pollution, and Bangkok’s Metropolitan Authority subsequently passed a law that bans racing in the area.

Pattaya mayor Itthiphol Khunpluem said on July 8 that Pattaya “is an ideal place to host a Formula One race” because it “is a world-renowned resort town” which hosts many motorsport events every year, had  enough accommodation, and is not far from Bangkok.

Pattaya officials will now draft a letter of intention for submission to the Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry on July 12, who will consider whether or not to give their support to the bid.

A Formula 1 race in Thailand is strongly backed by the Red Bull empire who wants to see the country as a host for the event. It will be held as a night race similar to Singapore, not so because of the spectacular floodlight settings, but to better meet European TV schedules.

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Possible race track in Pattaya?

No details are available whether a Pattaya Grand Prix would be held in the beach resort itself – which could turn out difficult due to its narrow streets an hilly terrain, or if the race would be stages at the nearby Bira Circuit, a motor and motorbike racing circuit 15 kilometers northeast of Pattaya, the only circuit in Thailand that meets the standards of the Formula 1 licensing body Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, of FIA.

However, the Thai sports ministry is still considering alternative locations, among them a track in Bangkok’s northern districts near the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road and the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani exhibition center.

Other proposals mentioned Phuket as the holiday island could accommodate nearly 100,000 spectators and has a relatively large international airport, but a new racetrack would have to be built.

If Thailand gets approval from Formula 1 authorities, it would become the third country in Southeast Asia to host an F1 event after Singapore and Malaysia.

 

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The popular Thai beach town of Pattaya wants to be the stage for the Grand Prix of Thailand 2015 after Bangkok residents and environmentalists expressed opposition to hold the Formula 1 race in the capital, citing possible damage for historical sites and pollution, and Bangkok’s Metropolitan Authority subsequently passed a law that bans racing in the area.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

f1thaiThe popular Thai beach town of Pattaya wants to be the stage for the Grand Prix of Thailand 2015 after Bangkok residents and environmentalists expressed opposition to hold the Formula 1 race in the capital, citing possible damage for historical sites and pollution, and Bangkok’s Metropolitan Authority subsequently passed a law that bans racing in the area.

Pattaya mayor Itthiphol Khunpluem said on July 8 that Pattaya “is an ideal place to host a Formula One race” because it “is a world-renowned resort town” which hosts many motorsport events every year, had  enough accommodation, and is not far from Bangkok.

Pattaya officials will now draft a letter of intention for submission to the Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry on July 12, who will consider whether or not to give their support to the bid.

A Formula 1 race in Thailand is strongly backed by the Red Bull empire who wants to see the country as a host for the event. It will be held as a night race similar to Singapore, not so because of the spectacular floodlight settings, but to better meet European TV schedules.

pattaya-formula_1
Possible race track in Pattaya?

No details are available whether a Pattaya Grand Prix would be held in the beach resort itself – which could turn out difficult due to its narrow streets an hilly terrain, or if the race would be stages at the nearby Bira Circuit, a motor and motorbike racing circuit 15 kilometers northeast of Pattaya, the only circuit in Thailand that meets the standards of the Formula 1 licensing body Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, of FIA.

However, the Thai sports ministry is still considering alternative locations, among them a track in Bangkok’s northern districts near the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road and the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani exhibition center.

Other proposals mentioned Phuket as the holiday island could accommodate nearly 100,000 spectators and has a relatively large international airport, but a new racetrack would have to be built.

If Thailand gets approval from Formula 1 authorities, it would become the third country in Southeast Asia to host an F1 event after Singapore and Malaysia.

 

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