Portuguese Grand Prix


First grand prix 2020

Number of laps 66

Race distance 306.826KM

Circuit length 4.653KM

Formula 1 GP Portugal

Between 1951-1960 and 1984-1996 Portugal could already be found on the Formula 1 calendar, but after that the Portuguese Grand Prix disappeared. There were no concrete plans to reorganise a GP, but the outbreak of the coronavirus caused us to have a race in the South European country in 2020.

The Portuguese Grand Prix of  2020

This year there will be driven on the circuit of Portimao. The circuit, located in the Algarve, has never organised a Grand Prix for the king's class of motor racing before. The track is still relatively young, because the construction was only completed in 2008. The lap counts 4,692 kilometres.

Also the MotoGP does not ride standard in Portimao. However, since April 2020 the track does have a Grade 1 license, so from this year on they are allowed to organise these kinds of races.

It is not that Formula 1 cars have never driven in Portimao before. The circuit is one of the leading test locations in Europe. For example, teams like McLaren and Ferrari tested there in 2008 and 2009.

What does the Portuguese racing weekend look like?

The return of Formula 1 to Portugal is scheduled for 02-04 October. That means that on 01 October all teams will arrive at Portimao and the press conference will be held. On Friday the teams will have two times an hour and a half to work on the perfect balance for the rest of the GP weekend. Saturday will see the third free practice session before the 15:00 qualifying session. This will start at 12:00 and will last for one hour. On Sunday the World Cup points will be distributed in Portugal from 15:10

What time does the Portuguese Grand Prix start?

The Portuguese Grand Prix can be followed from one hour before the start in the live blog of GPBlog. With Portugal there is one hour time difference, but still the lights will go out at the now usual 15:10 hours.

Session Date Time
Practice 1 23 October 2020 06:00 - 07:30
Practice 2 23 October 2020 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 3 24 October 2020 06:00 - 07:00
Qualifying 24 October 2020 09:00 - 10:00
Race 25 October 2020 09:10 - 11:10
Times are in America/New_York Timezone
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