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Formula 1 Taking Place in Portimão this Weekend!

Formula 1 Taking Place in Portimão this Weekend!

Residents in the Algarve are eagerly awaiting the 12th round of the Grand Prix happening this weekend, 23rd-25th October, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.


With over 30,000 seats and 95% of the corporate boxes already sold, this is the first time Formula 1 will be returning to The Portuguese Grand Prix in over 24 years. 


"For us it's been a long wait," circuit boss Paulo Pinheiro told Sky Sports F1. "It's a lifetime dream that we managed to accomplish this. So, we are really looking forward to having F1 there."


Many are also hoping this will bring new life to the Algarve amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, not to mention bringing awareness to the community in general as it is such a popular sport in Portugal.  


The circuit's events and commercial director, Miguel Praia, previously told Autosport, “In the first week we went online with our ticket sales, it was crazy.”


“Formula 1 is so popular in Portugal and the fans are very eager to attend the event as F1 returns to our country.”


Although Portimao is new to the sport, Portugal itself is steeped in F1 history. In total, there have been 16 official world championship races in the country with the first three switching between circuits in Monsanto and Boavista before Estoril took its place between 1984 and 1996.


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