Portugal returns to the calendar of the F1 World Championship in 2021
The Portuguese GP will be part of the Formula 1 World Championship again, on the 2nd of May, for the 18th time, the second consecutive in the Algarve, today announced the organization of the championship.
“We are very excited to announce that Formula 1 will be racing again in Portimão, after the huge success of the race last year. We want to thank the promoter and the Portuguese Government for their hard work and dedication to returning the race to Portugal “ , Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said in a statement.
It should be recalled that the International Automobile Federation (FIA) had already announced its intention for the Portuguese GP to enter the 2021 calendar.
The test that will be the third round of the season, was only dependent on the signing of the contract with the promoter and the decision is approved by the World Motor Sports Council.
“We are confident and excited about the 2021 season, as we were able to demonstrate last year that it is possible to run 17 races safely and promote together with our millions of followers, exciting races even in difficult times. We hope to be able to receive spectators in Portimão safely this year and we are working with the promoter on the details of this plan “ , concluded Stefano Domenicali.
In the same statement, the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA) revealed that it is awaiting a decision to return to the presence of the public.
“We are working closely collaboration with the promoter and the Portuguese Government regarding the presence of spectators this year too. Our priority is the safety of all who accompany us as well as of all the countries we visit, having proved last season that it is possible to run races safely, in the middle of a pandemic “ .
Formula 1 returned to Portugal in 2020, at the Autódromo Internacional from the Algarve, after 24 years of absence from the World Cup, following the reorganization of calendars due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The 2020 race ended with the victory of Lewis Hamilton, who achieved his 92nd victory in Portimão, breaking Michael Schumacher’s record.
The 2021 calendar predicts a record of 23 races, between March 28, in Bahrain, and December 12, in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.
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Revised Formula 1 World Championship schedule:
28 March GP of Bahrain (Sakhir)
18 April GP of Emilia Romagna (Imola)
2 May Portuguese GP (Portimão)
9 May Spanish GP (Barcelona)
23 May Monaco GP (Monte Carlo)
6 June Azerbaijan GP (Baku)
13 June Canadian GP (Montreal)
27 June French GP (Le Castellet)
04 July Austrian GP (Spielberg)
18 July UK GP (Silverston)
August 1 Hungarian GP (Budapest)
August 29 Belgian GP (Spa-Francorchamps)
5 September GP of the Netherlands (Zandvoort)
12 September GP of Italy ( Monza)
September 26 Russian GP (Sochi)
3 October Singapore GP (Singapore)
October 10 Japanese GP (Suzuka)
October 24th United States GP (Austin )
31 October GP of Mexico (Mexico City)
7 November GP of Brazil (São Paulo)
21 November Australian GP ( Melbourne)
5 December Saudi Arabian GP (Jeddah)
December 12 Abu Dhabi GP (Abu Dhabi)
One of the uncertainties, at this time, is the presence, or not, of the public on the AIA stands. What is already certain is the transmission, for the entire Portuguese audience, in particular, of the Portuguese GP in «Eleven Sports», the ‘broadcaster’ exclusive to the national territory of the F1 World Championship; which prepares a major coverage operation – from several reporting points to exclusives during the various GP days in Portimão – just like what happened in 2020.