The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve is a circuit on the south coast of Portugal, near the town of Portimão and about 150 km from Lisboa. Opened in 2008, it boasts top level facilities, and has hosted almost every type of racing. It is scheduled to host the Portuguese Grand Prix in 2020.
Plans for the track were first announced in 2002, but the organizers ran into financial problems, and the project ground to a halt. In 2005 the ball started rolling again after the Ministers of the Economy and the Environment announced that the project would receive government support to help the local economy. The local council allocated 800 acres/324 hectares to the track and associated business park, and final plans were released in February 2008. Construction took a mere seven months, with a cost of €195 million for the track, karting track, tech center, five star hotel, sports complex and apartments.
The track opened on October 8, 2008. It was cetified as Grade 1 by the FIM on October 11, and the FIA gave it a Grade 1-T (testing) rating on the 13th.
The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Algarve International Circuit circuit:
|Year||Event||Winning Driver||Winning Constructor|
|2020||Portuguese Grand Prix|
|V T E||Portuguese Grand Prix|
|Circuits||Boavista (1958, 1960), Monsanto (1959), Estoril (1984-1996), Algarve (2020)|
|Formula One Races||1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961–1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997–2019 • 2020|
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