The proposed Piraeus, Athens circuit, as submitted to the FIA and Bernie

The proposed Piraeus, Athens circuit, as submitted to the FIA and Bernie, image supplied by DielpisFormula1

Despite it being built to Grand Prix standards it appears that the new government funded Patras circuit in Greece may not have any plans, even in the long run, to host a Formula One Grand Prix and that rather than a replacement for the other touted Greek Grand Prix circuit at Piraeus, Athens both are likely to be built with the Piraeus Port circuit planning to host a Greek Grand Prix from the off.

 

DielpisFormula1, the group behind the Piraeus circuit, today denied reports that their plan had been cancelled or that the Greek government had decided to back the Patras circuit instead of their development. The plans as we previously reported for a Greek Grand Prix at Piraeus have been submitted to the FIA and to Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Management (FOM) and there is no reason to believe that the application has been withdrawn:  it appears in fact that the plans have now also been submitted to the Automobile and Touring Club of Greece (ELPA).

 

Press Release

In a press release today DielpisFormula1’S Architect Athanassios P Papatheodorou made it clear that the project was continuing and that contrary to reports the Greek Government didn’t back their bid the Greek Deputy Minister of Development has in fact given his support for the project to move forward apace.

 

Little news has been heard from the Piraeus project since the plans were submitted to the FIA but the press release also made it clear that Bernie Ecclestone does support the Grand Prix, in principle, we await to hear an outcome therefore.

 

It may be that DielpisFormula1 have chosen to speak out at this time as rumours swirled due to the fact they are still seeking investment, which any doubt on the race’s future could scupper,; the press release ended with Mr Papatheodorou writing:

“In the present time we are making contact with interested investors and we deem that pretty soon the procedure shall be completed, in order for the Greek dream regarding the hosting of F1 races in the Port of Piraeus to come true”

 

The Piraeus circuit will be a temporary circuit around Piraeus, Athens’ main port and Europe’s busiest Ferry Terminal.