F1 To Race At Portimão Again This Year As 2021 Calendar Finalised

Formula One raced at Portimão for the first time last season due to the coronavirus-induced disruption to the sport.

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F1 will race at Portimão once again this upcoming season, with the Portuguese Grand Prix today being announced as the third round of the 2021 Championship.

Announcing the addition of the Portuguese GP to the calendar, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said he is “confident and excited” about this upcoming season.

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“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing again in Portimão after the huge success of the race last year,” Domenicali said.

“We want to thank the promoter and the Portuguese Government for their hard work and dedication in getting us to this point.

“We are confident and excited about our 2021 season, having shown last year that we could deliver 17 races safely and bring our millions of fans thrilling racing at a difficult time.

“We hope to welcome fans to Portimão again this season in a safe way and are working with the promoter on the details of that plan.”

Meanwhile, Rita Marques, Portugal’s secretary of state for tourism, hailed the country’s continued involvement in Formula One.

“Holding major events in our country is very important for the image and international promotion of Portugal as a tourist destination, and so it is with great interest that we see the return of Formula 1 to the Algarve in 2021,” Marques said in a statement.

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“I want to thank the FIA and F1 for its confidence in Portugal, the Algarve and the Algarve International Racetrack by choosing our country to host a stage of the F1 calendar, and to express our full commitment to make it a big success.”

The 23-race season will get underway in Bahrain on 28 March and end on 12 December in Abu Dhabi.

Two new grand prix – namely the Dutch and Saudi GPs – are scheduled to take place this year, while several events which didn’t feature on last year’s calendar, like the Monaco GP, are set to make a return in 2021.

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