Formula 1 is delighted to announce the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX in Portimão will return this season between 30th April – 2nd May, as part of the record breaking 23-race 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship™.
Last October, Portimão joined the Formula 1 calendar for the first time when we returned to Portugal after 25 years. The circuit produced exciting racing that saw Lewis Hamilton take the top step of the podium alongside Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. We were delighted to welcome 27,000 fans to the Grand Prix weekend last season to enjoy the on-track action.
We have been working closely with the promoter and the Portuguese Government regarding fan attendance this season. Our first priority is the safety of our personnel and the communities we visit, and we proved last season that we can race safely in the wake of the pandemic. We expect a decision on fans to be taken by the authorities in the coming weeks and will provide further updates on this as soon as we know more.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said:
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing again in Portimão after the huge success of the race last year. We want to thank the promoter and the Portuguese Government for their hard work and dedication in getting us to this point. We are confident and excited about our 2021 season, having shown last year that we could deliver 17 races safely and bring our millions of fans thrilling racing at a difficult time. We hope to welcome fans to Portimão again this season in a safe way and are working with the promoter on the details of that plan.”
Rita Marques, Portugal’s Secretary of State of Tourism, said:
“Holding major events in our country is very important for the image and international promotion of Portugal as a tourist destination, and so it is with great interest that we see the return of Formula 1 to the Algarve in 2021. I want to thank the FIA and F1 for its confidence in Portugal, the Algarve and the Algarve International Racetrack by choosing our country to host a stage of the F1 calendar, and to express our full commitment to make it a big success.”