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2014 F1 Bangkok Grand Prix

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Thai sports officials are sounding increasingly confident that the Kingdom will host a Formula One Grand Prix in 2014. 

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If Bangkok does manage to host an F1 race, there will certainly by a lot of local interest, beginning with His Majesty the King, here shown questioning F1 driver Mark Webber about his Red Bull car in December 2010.

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2014 F1 Grand Prix “definitely” coming to Thailand, official says.

Thai sports officials are sounding increasingly confident that the Kingdom will host a Formula One Grand Prix in 2014.

If you listen to Kanokphand Chulakasem, governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, it sounds like a done deal.

Yesterday he said the country would definitely get the green light to stage a Formula One race in November 2014.

The event, to be called the Formula One Grand Prix Thailand, is likely to be a night race.

Although details, including the fee and venue, are still to be finalised, the SAT governor is confident that it will take place in Thailand.

"A contract is likely to be signed later this year," Mr Kanokphand said.

"It is likely to be a one-year deal with an option to extend."

It could be staged at Ratchadamnoen Avenue or Muang Thong Thani, the SAT governor said.

We have been working closely with F1 officials to look for the best site," Mr Kanokphand said.

The government would shoulder about 60 percent of the total cost and the rest would be paid by private companies such as Red Bull and Singha Corporation, he said.

Michael de Santiesteban from Red Bull confirmed interest on the part of his company and said Thailand would certainly be a Formula One host in 2014.

"Concerned parties have been in talks to finalise details," he said

Mr Kanokphand admitted, however, that there are some local details to be worked out. Such a big project must be approved by the government and a public hearing may be needed before any official green light would be given.

Adapted from a story by Kittipong Thongsombat in today's Bangkok Post.

manage – to succeed in doing something สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ
host – to provide what is necessary to carry out a special event จัด
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
definitely – certain; having no doubts about something อย่างแน่นอน
confident – certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
done deal – an agreement or a plan that has been finally completed or agreed ข้อตกลงเสร็จสมบูรณ์
stage – to organise an event or activity จัด
details – small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation รายละเอียด
fee – an amount of money that you pay to be allowed to do something ค่าธรรมเนียม
venue – the place where an activity or event happens  สถานที่
finalise – to complete the last part of a plan, trip, project, etc ทำให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์
option – a choice; something that you can choose in a particular situation ทางเลือก
extend – to add more time ยืดออกไป
site – a place where something is located  สถานที่
shoulder – to deal with or accept something difficult  แบกรับภาระ
concerned – involved in something, or affected by something เกี่ยวข้องกับ ที่สัมพันธ์กับ
party – one of the people or groups of people involved in an official arrangement or similar situation คู่กรณี
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
approve – to give official permission อนุมัต
public hearing – an official meeting at which the facts about a situation, etc. are discussed with members of the public taking part ประชาพิจารณ์

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