Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that he’s considering a street race in Greece, despite the troubled economic state of the country.
The proposed race, which would backed by private funding and run by promoter Dielpis, has been in the planning stages for some time – as far back as 2009 – although little has been heard recently. It might be given the Mediterranean GP name, which has been trademarked by FOM.
“The Greeks are keen,” Ecclestone told CNN. “They want me to go and see the Prime Minister or the mayor. We will have to find out if they have got any money.”
The venue is Keratsini-Drapetsona municipality, some six miles to the west of Athens. Athanasios Papatheodorou, named by CNN as the track architect, said: “The Prime Minister himself has supported fully the initiative for organizing F1 races and is looking forward to the instruction from the relevant international federations to realize the Dielpis F1 project.
“The greatest benefit for our country would be giving to the world the opportunity to see the most historical port of the Mediterranean Sea. And our experience at organizing big events, such as the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, is a big credential for us.”