(Motorsport-Complete.com) – For the first time since 1996 Formula 1 returns to Portugal this October. Unlike in the past, the premier class will not be in Estoril but in the Autodromo end Algarve near Portimao. The track has been trying for a Formula 1 race for some time. The Corona calendar 2020 made it possible.


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Portimao is planning its Formula 1 match with 45. 000 Spectators along the route Zoom Download

“As we started with this track twelve years ago, our first goal has always been to one day welcome Formula 1 to our racetrack, “says Miguel Praia, Portimao’s Match and Trade Director, to Motorsport-Complete.com in collaboration with XS2Event . “Already 2009 some groups were here for test purposes.”

Since then, they have stayed in contact with Formula 1 and the groups in order to offer themselves as a test track. “We have been in contact with the Formula 1 management before to host a Mountainous Prix, but to be honest, the fee for hosting Formula 1 for united states of america was a real okay.o. criterion. “

Tickets for Formula 1 in Portimao are very popular

But with Corona the situation changed: Both Formula 1 and Dorna (MotoGP and Superbike) showed interest in driving in the Algarve, “because we can host the event in a safe environment” , so Praia. “We have a very modern track, with large facilities and many possibilities.”

That is why on-site visitors are also allowed at the Mountainous Prix of Portugal. However, only half of the full capacity (90. 000 Grandstand seats) used “used to be” means that we have a maximum of 45. Followers can welcome genuine label “. With the express permission of the government, of course, as the event director assures.

Photo series: New Formula 1 routes since 2000

24. 09. 2000: Mountainous Prix of the USA in Indianapolis . The first Formula 1 race after the turn of the millennium is actually not one. Several racetracks had already hosted a US Grand Prix, and between 1950 and 1960 counted the Indianapolis 500 to formula 1. Yes 2000 the pilots went for the first time on the 4, 129 kilometer long route to the start, which connects the famous oval with a street course. Photo gallery

There is a lot of interest: “The first week we went on-line with our ticket sales, it was crazy. Formula 1 is so popular in Portugal, and the followers are very excited about the event. In Second we already have 30. 000 seats sold, and 95 Percent of our company boxes are sold out, “reveals Praia.

Racetrack hopes to continue in the future

He expects sales to get one last boost at the end of the summer holidays will be experienced. The safety of the followers on the route is ensured. Temperature measurement at the inlet and mask are mandatory. “However, they are allowed to take off their masks when they are sitting in the stands.” There the seats are permanently assigned.

“We have also put together more cleaning teams. Every seat is cleaned at the end of the day,” explains Praia. He hopes that the match will make Portimao recommend itself for the future: “We know that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will do our best to make it a very special event.”

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