Portugal Grand Prix 2021: Everything you need to know

Formula 1 will be presented for the second time in its history in Portimao to dispute the third date of its championship.


Six months after debuting at the World Cup F1, the circuit of Portimao returns to receive the category to be the scene of the Grand Prix of Portugal. The appointment promises to be a new round of the fight that the English maintain Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who reach the top of the positions separated by a point.

Although it opened in 2008, Portimao is reminiscent of old-school circuits with a multitude of elevation changes and an unforgiving tread.However, it also adds common ingredients of the most modern tracks, such as width, which allows different path alternatives and facilitates overtaking.

Portugal 2020
Photo: Mark Sutton / LAT Images.

The layout is quite varied, with different types of corners and a long main straight, which puts the tires to the test for lateral and longitudinal demands and strong braking.

One of the most demanding curves is the one baptized as Portimao: a double apex right reminiscent of the turn of Mineral waters of Imola. Most corners are blind, which increases the demand.

The circuit was completely resurfaced for the 2020 race and provided, to everyone's surprise, very little. This year, with the more mature asphalt, the grip is expected to increase.

Portimao compoundsHamilton scored his 92nd win of his campaign here with a one-stop strategy, starting with medium compound and later switching to hard. Wear and degradation were so low as to allow Esteban Ocon (Renault) to complete 53 laps with the medium tires ...

PORTUGAL GRAND PRIZE SCHEDULES 2021

DAY SESSION LOCAL TIME ARGENTINA PERU MEXICO
30/04 Practice 1 11.30 to 12.30 07.30 to 08.30 05.30 to 06.30 05.30 to 06.30
Practice 2 15.00 to 16.00 11.00 to 12.00 09.00 to 10.00 09.00 to 10.00
01/05 Practice 3 12.00 to 13.00 08.00 to 09.00 06.00 to 07.00 06.00 to 07.00
Classification 15.00 to 16.00 11.00 to 12.00 09.00 to 11.00 09.00 to 11.00
02/05 Carrera 15.00 11.00 09.00 09.00

THIS IS THE PORTIMAO CIRCUIT

Portimao

Extension: 4.653 meters.
Returns: 66.
GP total distance: 309 km.
Number of curves: 15 (6 on the left and 9 on the right).
Distance from pole to braking of the first corner: 301 meters.
Number of changes per lap: 45.
Maximum speed: 323 km / h.
Fuel consumption: High.
Maximum lateral force: 4.9 G at turn 7.
DRS zones: Between curves 4 and 5 and 15 and 1.
Ideal sectors for overpass: Curves 1 and 5 braking.
Absolute record: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 1: 16.466 in Q2 of the 2020 GP.

LATEST PORTUGAL GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

YEAR PILOT (NAC) TEAM CIRCUIT
1988 Alain Prost (FRA) McLaren-Honda Estoril
1989 Gerhard Berger (AUT) Ferrari Estoril
1990 Nigel Mansell (GBR) Ferrari Estoril
1991 Riccardo Patrese (ITA) Williams-Renault Estoril
1992 Nigel Mansell (ING) Williams-Renault Estoril
1993 Michael Schumacher (ALE) Benetton-Ford Estoril
1994 Damon Hill (GBR) Williams-Renault Estoril
1995 David Coulthard (GBR) Williams-Renault Estoril
1996 Jacques Villeneuve (CAN) Williams-Renault Estoril
2020 Lewis Hamilton (ING) Mercedes Portimao

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Lewis Hamilton Portugal 2020
Photo: Sam Bloxham / LAT Images).

PILOTS: 1) Hamilton, 44 points; 2) Verstappen, 43; 3) Norris, 27; 4) Leclerc, 20, 5) Bottas, 16; 6) Sainz and Ricciardo, 14; 8) Pérez, 10; 9) Gasly, 6; 10) Stroll, 5; 11) Tsunoda and Raikkonen, 2; 13) Ocon, 1.

BUILDERS CUP: 1) Mercedes, 60 points; 2) Red Bull Honda, 53; 3) McLaren Mercedes, 41; 4) Ferrari, 34; 5) AlphaTauri Honda, 8; 6) Aston Martin Mercedes, 5; 7) Alpine Renault, 1

TV

The activity of the Máxima in Latin America is broadcast by ESPN y Fox Premium ActionFox Sport 3, meanwhile, it will broadcast the Grand Prix on a delayed basis. If you are a true fan of F.1, you may be interested in subscribing to F1TV, the platform of official streaming of the category that has different services according to the chosen subscription.

 

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