“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing again in Portimao”- F1 confirms Portugal’s re-entry in the calendar to replace Vietnam.
“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing again in Portimao after the huge success of the race last year,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.
“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,” he added.
“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 Portimao again this season in a safe way and are working with the promoter on the details of that plan.”
Portimao was one of the circuits recalled for the 2020 season to fill in for Grand Prix’s cancelled in other countries. Portugal hosted a GP after a gap of 25 years, and the event was successful as Lewis Hamilton bagged his 92nd career win.
Essential for Portugal’s promotion
In the statement released, Rita Marques, Portugal’s Secretary of State of Tourism, has pointed out that F1’s inclusion in the 2021 season is crucial for its tourism promotion.
“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 their 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.”