• Thai Grand Prix

Ecclestone targets Bangkok night race by 2015

ESPN Staff
December 19, 2012 « No rookie excuse in 2013 for Grosjean | Motivation will never wane - Vettel »
Bangkok played host to a Red Bull demonstration in 2010 © Getty Images
Enlarge

Bernie Ecclestone says Thailand will have a Formula One night race on the streets of Bangkok by 2015.

Earlier this year the Sports Authority of Thailand said a race would be in the capital by 2014, but Ecclestone has now told the Wall Street Journal that 2015 is more likely.

"They say 2014 and I say 2015," he said. "It is serious and it is good."

The report in the Wall Street Journal said a location had now been chosen and that the government would foot around 60% of the cost of hosting the race. The rest is expected to come from Red Bull.

In 2010 Red Bull held a demonstration on the streets of Bangkok to celebrate the King's 84th birthday and the event drew crowds of 150,000. Last weekend Bangkok also played host to the Race of Champions in the Rajamangala National Stadium.

If the race in Thailand goes ahead it will be the third new addition to the calendar in the next three years with races in New Jersey and Russia set to join in 2014.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Feeds Feeds: ESPN Staff

Products you might like at espnshop.co.uk

    ESPN Staff Close