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F1 noise doesn't rattle Pollution Control Dept

The noise of Formula One race cars should not have much impact to sites along the race circuit, Pollution Control Department director-general Wichien Jungrungruang said yesterday.

"Will the noise be annoying? It will be loud for the people nearby but it won't heavily affect the people outside the routes and far from the racing field. It is just a short period and short route," he said.

The highest noise levels in Formula One are between 125 and 130 decibels, which might be compared to road-construction equipment, Wichien said.

People next to the track would need ear protection, while 100 metres away the noise level would fall to around 105-110 decibels.

The standard level for workplace noise should not exceed 105 decibels for more than one hour. But race fans would be exposed to bursts of high noise for much shorter periods, Wichien said.

2015 bid eyed

Noise will also be the main cause of vibrations because the cars themselves are lightweight, Wichien said. They should not have any impact on the historic structures along the proposed Rattakosin Island race route, he said.

Air pollution is also not a concern, Wichien said, noting that 99 per cent of the fuel used in motor racing is the same as ordinary vehicles'.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration deputy permanent-secretary Manit Techa-Apichok said yesterday that the BMA had agreed to cooperate with the Sports Authority of Thailand to bid for a Formula One race in 2015.

However, the BMA would first consider the project's environmental impact assessment. The project would also need approval from the Rattanakosin Island Committee, he said.

"The event organiser has to provide information on the impacts to the area surrounding the track for BMA to pass the consideration," Manit said.

Tanet Visetsri, secretary of the Engineering Institute of Thailand, said more study and inspection were needed to estimate the race's impact on structures.

The proposed 5.995-kilometre circuit would start at the Royal Thai Navy Dockyard at Ratchaworadit Pier and pass such landmarks as the Grand Palace, the Royal Plaza, Democracy Monument and the Temple of Dawn.


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