F1 »

Greece announces plans to build F1 circuit

Greece has revealed its intention to join the F1 schedule in the not-too-distant future, with plans to build a racetrack close to the western port of Patras
Greece is the latest country to have announced its intention to join the F1 calendar in the near future, having approved plans to construct a grand prix-standard circuit close to the western port of Patras.

Following decades of government debates over the potential benefits of welcoming F1, environmental fears and opposition from local residents, the €94 million project – to be partly-subsidised by the Greek state – is expected to take three years to bring to completion.

The circuit will be designed to host not only F1 but also motorcycling and karting events, and is to be located close to the town of Farres, twelve miles south-east of Patras.

Former Patras Mayor Evangelos Floratos – now in charge of the company formed to manage the F1 project – told Ta Nea that 'it has taken many years to reach this point', with regional governor Apostolos Katsifaras adding that 'the track will help support development...Western Greece stands to gain a great deal'.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Greek atmosphere
Greek atmosphere
08.05.2011- Race, start
10.04.2011- Race, Start, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
10.04.2011- Race, start
Greek atmosphere
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Circuit preparations.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team walks the circuit.
17.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Preparation Day.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


JACKBEE

May 12, 2011 3:03 PM

If this is not 100% private funded, and if the UK taxpayer has to spend a single penny on it, then I for one will be knocking at my MP's door. I heard on news yesterday that some Greek state employees get paid a bonus for washing their hands, and others get a bonus for turning up on time! Is it any wonder....



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.