Samaras Backs Formula 1 Circuit in Keratsini, Greece


Greece’s Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, has written to Loukas Tzanis, mayor of Keratsini-Drapetsona, supporting the building of a Formula 1 racetrack, saying the project would kick-start economic activity in the region.

The project will be funded by private investors, Samaras noted. “We wait the relative study of the mutual ministry committee of strategic investment in order for the project to proceed further,” he concluded.

The idea came two years ago to the architect Athanasios Papatheodorou, and his project will be built on the derelict site of a disused fertilizer factory.

Papatheodorou’s project is called Themistocles Circuit after the name of Athenian statesman and founder of Athenian sea power by equipping the ports of Piraeus and building the classic battleships of the time – triremes. “24 months after the first presentation of the idea, I can say that we have established a lot of contacts both in Greece and abroad. On the other hand, we are again at the starting point. What needs to happen is for a council to be formed involving the seven competent ministers, headed by the Prime Minister. Otherwise, we will continue to organize meetings, to lose time and money without any result. I want to emphasize that Bernie Ecclestone will not wait for us forever. He is positive but this cannot last for years. We must act quickly,” states the architect, in conclusion.



  1. Lets have the police ask the school children for their opinions. Kick start or hot wire it makes no difference. This is pre-election maneuvering for votes there is little Formula 1 racing does to put bread on the table and jobs. Unless people have discretionary money to spend they cannot afford to buy expensive racing tickets.

  2. that is true re the expensive racing tickets, but don’t forget about all the business owners who would benefit from the 200k + spectators. there are secondary benefits to be had.

    jobs would also be created for the design and maintenance of the track and the surrounding areas

    some pros and cons from the US’s recent foray into formula 1

  3. Stupid is as stupid does. Greek geniuses want to put a formula 1 racing track in the port of Pireaus. You people must be brain dead!

  4. Looking at the fenced idle Olympic venues one would disagree. At this time we do not need another monument to egos.


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