Avenue suitable choice

Thailand is likely to stage the country's first Formula One Grand Prix at Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Red Bull's Michael de Santiesteban said yesterday.

"There are two options for a night race _ Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Chiang Mai," De Santiesteban said. "But Ratchadamnoen seems to be the better and more attractive one. The road is wide enough and has many nice curves. Also, you do not have to invest to build a new track."

If a Grand Prix is held at Ratchadamnoen, it would be easy to manage and prepare a course because most buildings belong to the government or the military.

"You would have to close the road for only a few days. Moreover, it would be a very nice race because the route features landmarks such as the Grand Palace, Democracy Monument and Royal Plaza," De Santiesteban said. "People would be able to watch it from different locations."

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly agreed to Thailand hosting a Grand Prix in 2004 and a deal is expected to be signed by the end of the year.

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