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PostSubject: Bangkok night race by 2015   Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:39 am

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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, which is 51% owned by Thai businessman Chalerm Yoovidhya and was first sold in Thailand.

http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/97665.html

This sounds like a great potential Grand Prix, the night time is the right time to hold a Grand Prix. More night street Grand’s Prix are definitely welcome. This Bangkok circuit must be a real street circuit, though – no run off areas whatsoever to maximise the chance of Safety Car deployment.

Gravel traps, rocks and grass should be compulsory at permanent F1 tracks, to also maximise Safety Car periods. With tarmac run off areas, there is no need for Safety Cars – this is disgraceful.

Even if a driver doesn’t get stuck in the gravel, don’t worry, a Safety Car could be called for potential debris. With tarmac areas, there is no excuse to deploy the Safety Car without things looking too contrived, with gravel there can be a legitimate reason.

To accommodate these new races, Bahrain should be the first GP that's ditched. Only one Safety Car deployment since 2004 - simply disgraceful.

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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:19 am

Great as long as this means another race outside of Europe.
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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:32 am

The Race of Champions was held in Thailand last week & nobody was there in the stadium to watch it, nobody will be there to watch a F1 race either, that's the problem with places like this.

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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:43 am

The ROC crowd was much better on Sunday than Saturday, although granted, there weren't as many spectators as previous ROC's held in Europe. I think developing a motorsport culture will take time, though.

With how sick Europe is at the moment, apart from the core rounds, the fewer races in Europe the better. Hungry should be ditched - a pointless round.

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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:08 pm

There shouldn't be any races in Europe. You can't do a proper night race in Europe it's dark in the wrong part of the day.

Also when are the double file restarts coming, somebody needs to add those ASAP.
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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:17 am

Absolutely, I have no idea why the FIA haven’t introduced double-file restarts yet. In other series, double-file restarts are a huge part of the show, seeing which drivers have the best reaction time as they all barrel into turn 1. Just imagine the excitement of a standing start, but with restarts as well – the show would be electric.

Double-file restarts at night would be sensational, maybe Maldonado would crash? Who knows.

In fact, double-file restarts could lead to more Safety Car periods, which would be ideal. How about standing starts on restarts?

We also need green-white-chequered finishes so no race finishes under yellow.

Look, we really need to shake up the show. Double-file restarts, Safety Cars, Mr Blooby green-white chequered finishes – whatever crap we can find.



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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:09 am

What about three wide restarts? Imagine the excitement of three wide every restart into turn one, at night.

And what about adding short cuts so overtaking is easier, you can only use it if your within a second of the car ahead of course.
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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:21 am

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What about three wide restarts? Imagine the excitement of three wide every restart into turn one, at night.

This is a fantastic idea, the FIA should introduce three-wide restarts with immediate effect. Imagine three-wide restarts at night – the show would be amazing. The Indy 500 starting grid starts with three-abreast – so this is not a totally new idea.

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And what about adding short cuts so overtaking is easier, you can only use it if your within a second of the car ahead of course.

Sadly, I don’t think this idea increases the chances of Safety Car deployments, so I’ll pass.

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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:44 am

Not if the track enters back into a slightly dangerous place.
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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:44 pm

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Gravel traps, rocks and grass should be compulsory at permanent F1 tracks, to also maximise Safety Car periods. With tarmac run off areas, there is no need for Safety Cars – this is disgraceful.

Rocks?!!?

What, like on the Jurassic Coast??



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Even if a driver doesn’t get stuck in the gravel, don’t worry, a Safety Car could be called for potential debris. With tarmac areas, there is no excuse to deploy the Safety Car without things looking too contrived, with gravel there can be a legitimate reason.

...and rocks, don't forget the rocks... they fascinate me, where they'd be situated around the track...

...and with night races, perhaps we need little lighthouses on them, to stop aquaplaning cars hitting them...

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PostSubject: Re: Bangkok night race by 2015   Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:08 am

Those rocks look ideal Sean. I was watching a NASCAR race from Sears Point in 1989, and the circuit had rocks/stones as run off area – this seems like a great idea to me. I think rocks and stones would spice up the show.

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and with night races, perhaps we need little lighthouses on them, to stop aquaplaning cars hitting them

Don't worry about lighthouses, illuminated Mr Blobby's situated around the circuit has this covered.

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