Thai PM aims to have F1 in Thailand

In his most recent visit to France, Thai PM Srettha Thavisin had conversations with motorsports executives about the possibility of Thailand hosting Formula 1 and Formula E races. In a post on X, the 30th Thai PM stated that Chiang Mai can be ready for a Formula E Grand Prix early next year in 2025.

Here are the full details on the motorsport bids and the initial response to them.

Chiang Mai to host Formula E race in 2025

Image credit: @Thavisin via X

A week after his France visit, the Thai PM met with Formula E executives during their site visit in Chiang Mai. They discussed plans to host a race in Chiang Mai early next year.

It appears that the race will take place around the Royal Park Rajapruek and the 700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Stadium, as those were the sites the executives inspected.

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PM Srettha also stated that he hopes this will help bring in a new tourists to the city.

He also hopes that this will signal to the world that Thailand plans on supporting the use of electric vehicles to combat Thailand’s ongoing smog problems.

F1 in Thailand by 2027?

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On the other hand, the Sports Authority of Thailand also states that Thailand is bidding to host a Formula 1 race in 2027.

Several cities fulfill the necessary criteria of having enough space for the cars as well as being in close proximity of the airport.

Chiang Mai is a prime candidate along with Chonburi.

Thailand is also home to a Moto GP race

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Those who follow Moto GP might be wondering why Buriram is not the top candidate to host a race since it is also home to the Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix.

Unfortunately, Buriram does not have an international airport.

The Thai motorcycle Grand Prix is set to occur in late October this year.

Plenty of racing in Thailand

Our notorious traffic reputation aside, Thailand is soon to be home to many exciting races. Hopefully, the races will inspire more Thai youth to compete in motorsports and join the likes of Alexander Albon who has made a name for himself in F1 while representing Thailand.

For another story on Thai racing, check out when this young Thai made history by becoming the first ever Thai karting champion. Alternatively, check out our list of summer activities that WON’T melt you in the sun and summer heat.

Cover image adapted from: Steffen Prößdorf via Wikimedia Commons

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