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Top 3 - race 2021

Top 3 - qualification 2021


First held 1951
Laps 66
Circuit length 4.692 kilometre
Fastest lap 1:18.750
Winner 2020 Lewis Hamilton
Second in 2020 Valtteri Bottas
Third in 2020 Max Verstappen


Winner 2020 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 1996 Jacques Villeneuve
Winner 1995 David Coulthard
Winner 1994 Damon Hill
Winner 1993 Michael Schumacher

The Portuguese Grand Prix is back on the F1 calendar for the second year in a row, with the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve the setting once again. Can Lewis Hamilton make it back-to-back wins in Portimao?

F1 Portuguese Grand Prix 2021

The first F1 Grand Prix held in Portugal dates back to 1958, however the country hosted events that weren't part of the series starting in 1951.

A sports car race was held on the Boavista street course in Porto of that year with Ferrari's Casmiri de Oliviera taking the chequered flag. The race was moved to Monsanto in 1954 as a one-off event.

The two venues shared the event until 1960, with the 1958 Portuguese GP in Boavista the first race to be part of the F1 World Championship. Stirling Moss took the chequered flag, along with the race the following year at Monza, while Jack Brabham took the 1960 event.

Long absence and return to F1 calendar in 1984

Brabham's win was the last Portuguese GP run until 1984, though the seeds for a return were planted back in 1972 when the Autodromo do Estoril near the capital of Lisbon was inaugurated. It's original length of 4.350 km featured a gradient of nearly seven percent and was used for a variety of motor racing events.

Alain Prost took the first race, which was the final on the 1982 calendar, at the venue however it wasn't enough to beat Niki Lauda, who won the World Championship by just half a point. Ayrton Senna took his first F1 win the following year in heavy rain.

The 1989 race saw Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna despite the Briton having been shown the black flag after overshooting his pit lane entrance and then backing into his spot. The incident all but ended the Brazilian's World Championship hopes, and saw Mansell and his Ferrari team fined $50,000 each. Mansell was also banned from the following race.

The track layout was changed in 1994 following the deaths of Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, with the Esses corner before the Parabolica being made into three corners. Jacques Villeneuve famously passed Schumacher around the outside of the Parabolica en route to victory in 1996, and while the venue usually delivered entertaining races, the track's facilities needed improvement.

After promised improvements weren't completed, the race was cancelled in 1997 and replaced with the European GP held at Jerez in Spain. Although the government promised to provide $6 million for the necessary work, and the race was initially listed on the 1998 calendar, it was eventually cancelled as the upgrades could not be completed in time.

Return to Portimao

The Portuguese GP returned to the F1 calendar in 2020 as the sport looked to round out its calendar due several cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now running at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, the race saw Lewis Hamilton record his 92nd win to break Schumacher's record for most F1 wins.

Most successful F1 drivers and teams

In terms of the most successful drivers in Portugal, Prost and Mansell both sit on three wins. Hamilton, who also won the 2021 event, joined Moss with two victories.

As for constructors, Ferrari have won the event seven times though five of those were not part of the F1 World Championship. Williams are next with six ahead of Cooper and McLaren on three.

The Portuguese Grand Prix in 2020

Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory, finishing over 25 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver keeping his car pointed in the right direction despite making contact with Sergio Perez on the first lap.

The win was a famous one for the Brit as it was his 92nd career win, moving him past seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher for most Grand Prix wins. It was also the second-biggest winning margin of the season.

When is the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix on the F1 calendar?

The Portuguese Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of April 30 - May 2 and will be the third race of the Formula 1 season. The first two free practice sessions will take place on April 3 with qualifying on Saturday May 1 at 16:00 CET.

What time does the Portuguese Grand Prix start?

The British Grand Prix starts on Sunday, May 2 at 16:00 CET. The race can be followed on RacingNews365’s live blog and watched on F1 TV.

F1 Portuguese GP 2021 Schedule

Session Date Time (CET)
Free Practice 1 Friday 30 April 12:30 - 13:30
Free Practice 2 Friday 30 April 16:00 - 15:00
Free Practice 3 Saturday 1 May 13:00 - 14:00
Qualifying Saturday 1 May 15:00 - 16:00
Race Sunday 2 May 16:00