Old Athens airport will not be site of F1 circuit
August, 25th 2005
After a thrilling Olympic Games in 2004, Greece has been vying to host a round of the Formula One world championship, adding a round of the pinnacle of Motorsports to their already impressive sporting portfolio.
However, talk of building a track close to the Elliniko Olympic Complex near the old Athens Airport has been dashed by the country’s Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister, George Souflias, who confirmed that instead on an F1 track, the country’s largest Metropolitan park would be erected on the site instead.
That said however, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of building a circuit somewhere else with possible locations Patras, Orxomenos and Santorini (the old mine quarries next to Fira). Well the last one can challenge Monaco...
"I am not against a Formula 1 race track being built in Greece, but not in a residential area and only with the appropriate infrastructure and facilities," he told the People Daily.