Chumpol surprise on F1 bid
BANGKOK, 4 July 2012: Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa says Chiang Mai has been identified as a viable option to host the first ever Formula 1 race in Thailand.
The northern city was chosen as the most suitable venue for the track whichh could be constructed on a site owned by the Royal Agricultural Research Centre. It would use the same area accommodated the second edition of Royal Flora Ratchaphreauk earlier this year.
He reiterated it was all in the study phase and no decision had been made by the Formula 1 brand owners.
“It is in the feasibility phase and we have noted that a F1 event at the Royal Agricultural Research Centre site would benefit … Chiang Mai.”
Mr Chumpol added: “Organising the F1 race in Chiang Mai would reduce noise pollution and there is more space for spectators than would be possible around Bangkok’s Rajdamnoen Avenue.”
If the site could host the event, the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organisation) would need to study the proposal and see if it was possible to adjust the landscape to fit a car race, he said.
Royal Agricultural Research Centre covers 752,000 sq m of land in Mae Hia sub district, Muang district in Chiang Mai.
Thailand hosted a demonstration F1 drive on Rajdamnoen Avenue when Red Bull team driver, Mark Alan Webber, drove a Formula 1 Car on a demo circuit, 18 December 2010, as part of the celebrations for HM the King’s birthday.
Hosting a full-blown F1 race has been cited as a priority by the government and appears in Thailand Conventions and Exhibition Bureau’s business plan alongside hosting the World Expo 2020.