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The Red Bull F1 racing exhibition was a big success, impressing everyone, including His Majesty the King.
His Majesty the King looks at the Red Bull Formula 1 racing car at Siriraj Hospital Frodau. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD BUREAU
F1 thrills Bangkok
Mark Webber, Formula 1 racing driver for the world-champion Red Bull team, arrived in Bangkok on Friday, a day before his scheduled 3-lap run on Ratchadamneon Klang Avenue around the Democracy Monument area.
Within hours, he and other team members were at Siriraj Hospital, signing a get-well book for His Majesty the King.
Webber signs a get-well book for His Majesty the King at Siriraj Hospital. PHOTOS: KOSOL NAKACHOL Mark Webber makes his way around the slippery Ratchadamnoen Klang circuit. POST TODAY
This was no ordinary visit, however. At 6 pm the King himself arrived to take a look at Webber’s RB26 racing car. His Majesty took a keen interest in the car, spending almost an hour chatting with Webber about the technology that went in it and about F1 racing in general.
According to Chalerm Yoowittaya, president of Red Bull Beverage Company, the King was interested in which countries held F1 racing competitions. He also wanted details about the car engine, asking about its type and size.
The King also asked Webber about his racing suit. Webber said it was designed to protect against fire, but it was very hot under racing conditions.
Mark Webber makes his way around the slippery Ratchadamnoen Klang circuit. POST TODAY
Saturday’s show drew huge crowds. Ratchadamnoen Klang was too slippery and the crowds were packed too close to the road for Webber to drive his car anywhere near F1 speed, but his four-lap stint impressed everyone nevertheless. Webber ended his performance by mounting his car and holding the Thai flag above his head.
The red-bull drifting team was equally impressive, appearing to come dangerously near the crowd at they took their turns.
Before the automobile excitement, there was also a parade, featuring jazz and rock music and marchers of all types. Webber, too, took part by standing on one float and waving to the crowd.
The Red Bull drifting team provided many thrills as well. POST TODAY
thrill – to cause to become excited in a pleasant way ทำให้ตื่นเต้น
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
lap – one journey from the beginning to the end of a track used for running, driving, etc รอบ
keen – very interested, eager or wanting (to do) something very much สนใจ, ใจจดใจจ่อ
conditions – the circumstances or situation in which people live, work or do things เหตุการณ์, สภาพการ, สถานการณ์
draw – to attract or interest somebody ดึงดูดความสนใจ
huge – very large ใหญ่โต
slippery – wet, smooth or oily so that it slides easily or causes something to slide ลื่น
packed – crowded; full of people or things แน่น
stint – a period of time spent doing something ช่วงเวลาที่ทำสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง
impressed – admiring someone or something very much because of an unusually good quality or achievement ประทับใจ
nevertheless – despite what has just been said or referred to แต่อย่างไรก็ตาม
performance – the act of carrying out some time of entertainment or sport การแสดง
mount – to get on something ขึ้น
drifting – the act of controlling a vehicle around a turn at high speeds การบังคับเลี้ยวไถล
impressive – something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
appear – to seem ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
take part – to participate in or become involved in an activity มีส่วน
float – a large vehicle on which people dressed in special costumes are carried in a festival ขบวนรถแห่ในงานรื่นเริง