Configuration for FIA sanctioned events
|Location||Portimão, Algarve, Portugal|
|Major events||Formula One |
Portuguese Grand Prix (2020-present)
Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix (2020-present)
FIA World Endurance Championship
8 Hours of Portimão (2021)
European Le Mans Series 1000 km of Algarve (2009-2010, 2017-present)
FIM Superbike World Championship (2008-2015, 2017-present)
FIA WTCC Race of Portugal (2010, 2012)
A1 Grand Prix Grand Prix of Nations, Portugal (2009)
FIA GT Championship Algarve 2 Hours (2009)
|GP Circuit (2008-present)|
|Length||4.653 km (2.891 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:18.750 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2020, Formula One)|
|Motorcycling Circuit (2008-present)|
|Length||4.592 km (2.853 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:39.450 (Álex Rins, Suzuki MotoGP, 2021, MotoGP)|
|GP Circuit with Chicane (2008-2019)|
|Length||4.684 km (2.911 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:32.113 (Diego Nunes, iSport International, 2009, GP2)|
The Algarve International Circuit (Portuguese: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve), commonly referred to as Portimão Circuit, is a 4.653 km (2.891 mi) race circuit located in Portimão, Portugal. The project includes a karting track, technology park, five-star hotel, sports complex and apartments.
Construction was finished in October 2008 and the circuit was homologated by both the FIM on 11 October 2008 and the FIA two days later. The total cost was EUR195 million (approximately $250 million).
The circuit was designed by Ricardo Pina, Arquitectos. In October 2010 the teams agreed to add the Portimão Circuit to the Formula One testing roster along with Bahrain.
In September 2013, the company that manages the circuit, Parkalgar Serviços, was taken over by Portugal Capital Ventures, which is a Portuguese state-owned venture capitalist, effectively placing the circuit under state management. The sale was forced by the debts accumulated by Parkalgar Serviços, believed to be approximately 160 million Euros.
In July 2020 it was announced that the circuit would host the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix from 23 to 25 October 2020, as part of a revised calendar arising from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This marked the first time a Portuguese Grand Prix was held since the 1996 race, which had taken place at the Autódromo do Estoril. The circuit hosted the Portuguese Grand Prix again in 2021.
In August 2020 it was announced that the circuit would host the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix from 20 to 22 November, as part of a revised calendar arising from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On 10 August 2020, MotoGP announced that the coronavirus-hit season would end with the Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimão. The circuit hosted the Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix again in 2021 from 16 April to 18 April.
In January 2021 it was announced that the circuit would host the FIA World Endurance Championship 8 Hours of Portimão instead of 1000 Miles of Sebring on 4 April due to the disruption of COVID-19 pandemic. However, on 5 March 2021; the round was postponed into the original date of 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, 13 June in order to increase the possibility of fans being able to attend the race.
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The circuit hosted the final round of the World Superbike Championship on 2 November 2008. On 9 June, the track was confirmed to host a round of the 2008-09 A1 Grand Prix season. The race was set for the weekend of 12 April 2009. On 10 October 2008, the Le Mans Series announced a 1000 km night race to be held at Algarve on 2 August 2009. On 5 November 2008, the FIA GT Championship announced and 7th round of the 2009 season will be held at Algarve on 13 September 2009. A Formula One test session, with the McLaren and Honda teams participating, was scheduled for 15-17 December 2008. Ferrari also ran at Algarve. Toyota also tested at the circuit on 20 January 2009 in the first outing of their new TF109 chassis. The circuit will also host the final round of the 2009 GP2 Series season in September 2009. From 2010 it hosted a round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
On 4 April 2009 Max Mosley stated that based on the quality of the circuit it could integrate the Formula One championship under the guise of the Portuguese Grand Prix, as long as a commercial agreement with the Formula One Management was achieved. Due to changes to the 2020 Formula One season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Algarve International Circuit has by way of exception hosted the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix.
The circuit resembles old Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps, mainly because of its constantly undulating nature. A1 Team Portugal's driver Filipe Albuquerque observed that there are big downhill slopes and right-hand turns after the main straight. He also commented that the track is good for overtaking because of the circuit width. A1 Team New Zealand's driver Earl Bamber observed that there are many special turns with personality. He commented that the new circuit is a little bit dangerous like the old school circuits with a roller coaster ride. A1 Team France's driver Nicolas Prost commented that the asphalt was new and the circuit has little grip.
The circuit is the site of a statue in tribute to Craig Jones, representing Jones on his motorbike after passing the finishing line. This statue will be the main part of a monument, already partially built, which also includes the architectural arrangement of the main access roundabout to the racetrack, created by Paula Hespanha and Portuguese architect Manuel Pedro Ferreira Chaves. This monument is a landscape sculpture, representing the main straight of a racing circuit, which extends up to the car park of the main grandstand. It has been confirmed that one of the corners of the circuit was named after former World Supersport rider Craig Jones who was killed in a motorcycle crash at Brands Hatch in 2008.
The official race lap records at the Algarve International Circuit are listed as:
|GP Circuit: 4.653 km (2008-present)|
|F1||1:18.750||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance||2020 Portuguese Grand Prix|
|LMP2||1:29.670||Mikkel Jensen||Aurus 01||2020 4 Hours of Portimão|
|LMH||1:30.919||Nicolas Lapierre||Alpine A480||2021 8 Hours of Portimão|
|A1 GP||1:31.404||Adam Carroll||A1 GP "Powered by Ferrari"||2008-09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Portugal|
|Superleague Formula||1:31.935||Andy Soucek||Panoz DP09||2010 Portimão Superleague Formula round|
|LMP1||1:32.375||Nicolas Lapierre||Peugeot 908 HDi FAP||2010 1000 km of Algarve|
|Euroseries 3000||1:33.594||Clivio Piccione||Lola B05/52||2009 Portimão Euroseries 3000 round|
|FA1||1:33.808||Mirko Bortolotti||Lola B05/52||2014 Acceleration at Portimão|
|Formula Renault 3.5||1:34.472||Jaime Alguersuari||Dallara T08||2009 Portimão Formula Renault 3.5 Series round|
|F2 (2009-2012)||1:35.531||Mathéo Tuscher||Williams JPH1||2012 Portimão Formula Two round|
|Euroformula Open||1:36.493||Louis Foster||Dallara 320||2021 Portimão Euroformula Open round|
|LMP3||1:36.881||Matt Bell||Ligier JS P320||2020 Portimão Le Mans Cup round|
|LM GTE||1:38.757||Miguel Molina||Ferrari 488 GTE Evo||2021 8 Hours of Portimão|
|Formula 3||1:38.904||Jules Bianchi||Dallara F309||2009 Portimão British F3 round|
|GT3||1:40.795||Julien Andlauer||Porsche 911 (991 II) GT3 R||2020 Portimão Le Mans Cup round|
|GT1||1:41.828||Alex Müller||Maserati MC12 GT1||2009 FIA GT Algarve 2 Hours|
|Formula 4||1:43.894||Noam Abramczyk||Tatuus F4-T014||2021 Portimão F4 Spain round|
|TCR Touring Car||1:54.529||Nicki Thiim||Audi TT Cup||2015 TCR International Series Portimão round|
|WTCC||1:54.542||Yvan Muller||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||2012 FIA WTCC Race of Portugal|
|Motorcycling Circuit: 4.592 km (2008-present)|
|MotoGP||1:39.450||Álex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||2021 Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix|
|World SBK||1:41.272||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR||2019 Portimão World SBK round|
|Moto2||1:42.504||Remy Gardner||Kalex Moto2||2020 Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix|
|World SSP||1:45.180||Michele Pirro||Honda CBR600RR||2010 Portimão World SSP round|
|Moto3||1:47.610||Gabriel Rodrigo||Honda NSF250RW||2021 Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix|
|Supersport 300||1:50.337||Manuel González||Kawasaki Ninja 400||2019 Portimão Supersport 300 round|
|GP Circuit with Chicane: 4.684 km (2008-2019)|
|GP2||1:32.113||Diego Nunes||Dallara GP2/08||2009 Algarve GP2 Series round|
|Formula 3||1:42.077||Felix Rosenqvist||Dallara F315||2015 Portimão F3 round|
|GT3||1:44.937||Laurens Vanthoor||Audi R8 LMS ultra||2015 Portimão Blancpain GT Sprint Series round|