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.
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.
Hamilton 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
|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|
THIS IS THE PORTIMAO CIRCUIT
Extension: 4.653 meters.
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
|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|
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
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