Portimao Circuit Guide for the Portuguese Grand Prix 2020

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October 19, 2020 2:11 am

The F1 calendar for 2020 suffered a lot of changes as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new calendar had a couple of novel tracks, one of which is the Portuguese Circuit of  Portimao.

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, colloquially known as Portimao, was built in 2008. The circuit had been there for long; however, it got its state-of-the-art upgrade in 2008.

Portimao may be a milestone in architectural engineering considering how the entire circuit upgrade took about 7 months. However, the numbers accounted for €190 million.

After an eventful race at Mugello, the fans will definitely look to Portimao to kick things up a notch. To be perfectly candid, the drivers enjoyed the mystery that otherwise untraversed tracks brought to their Formula One campaign.

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Track Tour of the Portimao

The track stretches over 2.9 miles was designed by Ricardo Pena. The design sports several hairpins and 16 turns to offer the fans the true essence of racing; in addition to making life harder for the drivers.

However, that is not all, the track has a balanced equation of hills and slopes that will effectively test the control that every driver maintains over their car.

The circuit promises some interesting stories at Turn 3 that leads to the hairpin and another similar one at Turn 13. However, the apex at Turn 11 and Turn 12 is equally testing.

Eventually, after maneuvering left and right through the hairpins and the apexes, the drivers come to the fast-paced Turn 15 that leads them to high-speed straight down the colossal gallery to their left.

The weekend at Portimao will be interesting and we wish that the race is safe and exciting at the same time.

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Indrasish Ganguly

Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed. Besides his affinity for F1, he is pursuing his Bachelors Degree in English at Calcutta University.

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