Bangkok bans racing in city, F1 plans on hold

Friday 07th June 2013, 15:41 by TF1T Staff 

Red Bull Racing

Thailand's plans to hold a Formula 1 race on the streets of the capital have been put on hold after the government passed a bill banning racing in the city's centre.

The proposal for a Bangkok Grand Prix was well advanced, with local authorities submitting a plan for a 6km street circuit, taking in several of the capital's landmarks.

The organisers were targetting a race deal for 2015.

According to Kriangphon Pattanarat, director general of city planning department, a law was passed in May, banning such events.

"The law came into effect on May 16 prohibiting car racing in inner Bangkok because that area is a conservation for culture and arts," he told AFP.

It isn't clear if the organisers will try and find a new location for the race, or will scrap the plans altogether.



McLaren expect massive gains with upgrades


Rosberg lacks something compared to Hamilton


Red Bull hits back at Mercedes over fuel-gate


Lotus improved by two-seconds in China - Lopez

tech talk

Tech Talk: Ferrari's blown wheel-nuts in China


Hamilton can't remember being happier than now