The 2021 Formula 1 season, which is due to start in Bahrain on March 28, is expected to pass through Portugal. The FIA announced on Thursday its “intention” to organize a Grand Prix in Portimao in early May.
Formula 1 is seriously considering organizing a Grand Prix in Portugal, in Portimao, on May 2, the date scheduled for a race whose location remains to be confirmed. “Formula 1 intends to organize a race in Portugal on the dates already scheduled in the calendar. The final agreement remains subject to a contract with the promoter”, said Thursday in a statement the promoter of the championship and the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
This slot remained empty after the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the Viet Nam Grand Prix, for the second year in a row. The Portimao circuit hosted the first GP in its history in October 2020, after a major overhaul of the calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the Briton Lewis Hamilton who won in front of his teammate at Mercedes, the Finnish Valtteri Bottas. Frenchman Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri-Honda) took fifth place.
Start of the season March 28 in Bahrain
The 2021 F1 season is set to start in Bahrain on March 28, with 23 races on the schedule. Pre-season testing will be held at the Sakhir circuit from March 12-14. They were originally scheduled to take place at the Barcelona circuit in early March, but were moved following the postponement of what should have been the season’s inaugural Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia on March 21 to November.
Winter tests are reduced to three days instead of six in 2021, the single-seaters remaining essentially the same as in 2020 as a cost saving measure in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. The season will end a week later than expected in Abu Dhabi, on December 12 instead of 5.