The race shared the event with the Circuito da Boavista, which hosted the event in the years before and after Monsanto's only World Championship Grand Prix. After the 1960 edition, the Portuguese Grand Prix left the calender, returning for a second stint at Estoril between 1984 and 1996.
The circuit was used only once in the world championship, in 1959. The race weekend was dominated by Stirling Moss in a non-works Cooper, with Moss taking pole, fastest lap and leading each lap on his way to victory. Such was his dominance he lapped the entire field.
The podium was completed by Masten Gregory, driving a works Cooper, and Dan Gurney for Ferrari. Moss' teammate Maurice Trintignant took fourth position, and the final points were awarded to Harry Schell for BRM.
The circuit was built on parklands, and was considered difficult to drive due to the variety of tracks surfaces, the cars driving across tramlines at certain points.
The track begins with a short straight before reaching the first turn, a 120 degree left leading into a hairpin. This is followed by the longest straight on the circuit, with a fast chicane followed by a long right handed turn 4. A series of kinks and bends follow as the cars make their way back towards the start finish straight, the final corner being a right handed hairpin.
The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Monsanto circuit:
|Year||Event||Winning Driver||Winning Constructor||Report|
|1959||Portuguese Grand Prix||Stirling Moss||Cooper-Climax||Report|
|V T E||Portuguese Grand Prix|
|Circuits||Boavista (1958, 1960), Monsanto (1959), Estoril (1984-1996), Algarve (2020-2021)|
|Formula One Races||1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961–1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997–2019 • 2020 • 2021|
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