Thailand could soon become the latest South-East Asian country to host a Formula 1 event following a proposed street circuit in Bangkok being approved by the Government of Thailand. The new route would become the third Formula 1 venue in South-East Asia, after flights to Singapore and Malaysia received a boost from the addition of tracks there.Plans for the new 3.75 mile circuit were finalised and approved by the Thai government last week. The route would run along the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, passing several tourist attractions including the Grand Palace, Victory Monument and the Temple of Dawn.
Speaking on how Bangkok will to be able to host such an event Kanokphand Chulakasem, governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, said that “makeshift stands could be built in several areas along the route and would be able to accommodate about 150,000 people... As the starting and finishing point would be on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, we may be able to build the main stands in the river. It would also be convenient for transportation of equipment.”
The governor has also reassured the people of Bangkok that “only a small group of residents would be affected by the proposed route.”
The propose route will become the host of Thailand’s round of the 2015 F1 season. However, the final track layout is still awaiting formal approval from the FIA before the race takes place in two years’ time.
Thailand successfully hosted Formula 1’s Race of Champions last year, as well as a Grand Prix event in 2011. The new route is hoped to make Thailand a key destination for future racing events and attract more sports tourism to the country.