The harsh reality of the world travel situation means that Formula One racing in many countries is all but an impossibility this year, and as the FIA still aim to put together a calendar with at least 15 Grand Prix, including proposed double header events in Austria and Great Britain, a few less likely candidates have started to pop up on the horizon.
Already we’ve seen the German Hockenheim venue tout their name as a possible destination once Formula One racing resumes, and now both the Italian Mugello circuit and Portugal’s stunning Portimao venue have thrown their hats into the ring for what could be an extended European season.
Speaking following the cancellation of the Japanese, Singapore and Azerbaijan events, a spokesperson from the stunning Portimao venue has confirmed talks are ongoing with Formula One bosses;
“We confirm that conversations have been going on with F1, in order to host a GP this year at our circuit,” they said recently.
“We are fully committed in creating all the conditions that are needed for that to happen, and we believe our country and our circuit are the perfect venue for a new F1 race, the racetrack layout, the size of the circuit and its infrastructures, the fact that the Algarve has been almost Covid free, and the amazing weather and hotels, would surely create the perfect conditions for a great weekend.”
Portimao has never hosted a Formula One Grand Prix, however the circuit did see Formula One testing back in both 2008 and ’09, and the track has hosted various international level motorsport events since it opened in late 2008.
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