Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve
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Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
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Autódromo do Algarve F1 Sectors.svg
Configuration for FIA sanctioned events

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Configuration for FIM sanctioned events
LocationPortimão, Algarve, Portugal
Time zoneGMT
Coordinates37°13?55?N 8°37?55?W / 37.232°N 8.632°W / 37.232; -8.632Coordinates: 37°13?55?N 8°37?55?W / 37.232°N 8.632°W / 37.232; -8.632
Capacity100,000
FIA Grade1
ArchitectRicardo Pina
Major eventsFormula One
Portuguese Grand Prix (2020-present)
MotoGP
Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix (2020-present)
Algarve motorcycle Grand Prix (2021)
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)
Length4.653 km (2.891 mi)
Turns15
Race lap record1:18.750 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2020, Formula One)
Motorcycling Circuit (2008-present)
Length4.592 km (2.853 mi)
Turns15
Race lap record1:39.450 (Álex Rins, Suzuki MotoGP, 2021, MotoGP)
GP Circuit with Chicane (2008-2019)
Length4.684 km (2.911 mi)
Turns16
Race lap record1:32.113 (Diego Nunes, iSport International, 2009, GP2)
Websiteautodromodoalgarve.com
BMW Z4 (E89) in Portimão
B09/60 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 driven by Stefan Mücke in the 1000km do Algarve Race of the Le Mans Series 2009

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, Algarve region, in Portugal. The development includes a karting track, off-road track, technology park, five-star hotel, sports complex and apartments.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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 from 30 April to 2 May.[5]

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.[6] The circuit hosted the Portuguese Grand Prix again in 2021 from 16 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.[7] 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.[8]

The circuit

Algarve International Circuit.

The circuit hosted the final round of the World Superbike Championship on 2 November 2008.[1] 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.[9] 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.[10] A Formula One test session, with the McLaren and Honda teams participating, was scheduled for 15-17 December 2008. Ferrari also ran at Algarve.[11][12][13][14][15] Toyota also tested at the circuit on 20 January 2009 in the first outing of their new TF109 chassis.[16] The circuit will also host the final round of the 2009 GP2 Series season in September 2009.[17] From 2010 it hosted a round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

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 first episode of The Grand Tour, "The Holy Trinity" was shot here in 2016.

Craig Jones memorial

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.

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Algarve International Circuit are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Date Circuit Map
GP Circuit: 4.653 km (2008-present)
F1 1:18.750 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix Autódromo do Algarve alt.svg
LMP2 1:29.670[21] Mikkel Jensen Aurus 01 2020 4 Hours of Portimão
LMH 1:30.919[22] 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[23] Nicolas Lapierre Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 2010 1000 km of Algarve
Euroseries 3000 1:33.594[24] Clivio Piccione Lola B05/52 2009 Portimão Euroseries 3000 round
FA1 1:33.808[25] Mirko Bortolotti Lola B05/52 2014 Acceleration at Portimão
Formula Renault 3.5 1:34.472[26] Jaime Alguersuari Dallara T08 2009 Portimão Formula Renault 3.5 Series round
F2 (2009-2012) 1:35.531[27] Mathéo Tuscher Williams JPH1 2012 Portimão Formula Two round
Euroformula Open 1:36.493[28] Louis Foster Dallara 320 2021 Portimão Euroformula Open round
LMP3 1:36.881[29] Matt Bell Ligier JS P320 2020 Portimão Le Mans Cup round
LM GTE 1:38.757[22] Miguel Molina Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 2021 8 Hours of Portimão
Formula 3 1:38.904[30] Jules Bianchi Dallara F309 2009 Portimão British F3 round
GT3 1:40.795[29] Julien Andlauer Porsche 911 (991 II) GT3 R 2020 Portimão Le Mans Cup round
GT1 1:41.828[31] Alex Müller Maserati MC12 GT1 2009 FIA GT Algarve 2 Hours
Formula 4 1:43.894[32] 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 Autódromo do Algarve moto.svg
World SBK 1:41.272[33] 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[34] 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 Autódromo de Algarve.svg
Formula 3 1:42.077[35] Felix Rosenqvist Dallara F315 2015 Portimão F3 round
GT3 1:44.937[36] Laurens Vanthoor Audi R8 LMS ultra 2015 Portimão Blancpain GT Sprint Series round

References

  1. ^ a b "Algarve International circuit launched". worldsbk.com. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "FIA homologa Autódromo do Algarve". Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ "Portimao set to join F1 testing roster". Autosport. 12 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Autódromo do Algarve passa para as mãos do Estado Português". Sul Informação. 23 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Formula 1 confirms Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on May 2 calendar slot". formula1.com. 5 March 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "MotoGP season to end in Portugal on November 22". france24.com. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Portimão to replace Sebring for 2021 FIA WEC season-opener". www.fiawec.com. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "Portimão shifted to June; Spa-Francorchamps set to host FIA WEC season-opener". www.fiawec.com. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "The 2009 calendar is ready!". Le Mans Series. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 2008. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "FIA GT 2009 calendar announced". fiagt.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  11. ^ "McLaren vai estrear Portimão em Novembro". Autosport.pt. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  12. ^ "Portimão: autódromo recebe McLaren Mercedes". Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2008.
  13. ^ "McLaren plant Test in Portugal". Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  14. ^ "McLaren confirm maiden Algarve test". Autosport. 24 October 2008. Archived from the original on 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  15. ^ "Honda to join McLaren in Algarve". Autosport.com. 24 October 2008. Archived from the original on 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  16. ^ "Toyota to hold low-key TF109 unveiling". ITV-F1.com. 26 November 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  17. ^ "Algarve to host 2009 GP2 finale". autosport.com. 30 October 2008. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  18. ^ English, Steven (24 June 2009). "WTCC to Zolder and Algarve in 2010". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications.
  19. ^ "Fórmula 1: Max Mosley diz que Autódromo do Algarve pode integrar calendário" (in Portuguese). expresso.pt. 4 April 2009. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  20. ^ "Formula 1 adds Portimao, Nurburgring and 2-day event in Imola to 2020 race calendar". Formula1.com. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ "4 Hours of Portimão Race Final Classification by Driver Fastest Lap" (PDF). elms.alkamelsystems.com. Retrieved 2021.
  22. ^ a b "2021 8 Hours of Portimão Race Provisional Classification by Category" (PDF). fiawec.alkamelsystems.com. Retrieved 2021.
  23. ^ "2010 1000 km of Algarve Timing Results" (PDF). elms.alkamelsystems.com. Retrieved 2021.
  24. ^ "2009 Algarve Euro F3000". Retrieved 2021.
  25. ^ "2014 Algarve Acceleration FA1". Retrieved 2021.
  26. ^ "2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Algarve Timing Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2021.
  27. ^ "2012 F2 Round 3 Results". Retrieved 2021.
  28. ^ "2021 Euroformula Open Portimão Race 2 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2021.
  29. ^ a b "2020 Michelin Le Mans Cup Portimao Round Final Classification" (PDF). Retrieved 2021.
  30. ^ "2009 Algarve British F3 - Round 18". Retrieved 2021.
  31. ^ "2009 Algarve FIA GT". Retrieved 2021.
  32. ^ "2021 F4 Spain Portimao Round Race 2 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2021.
  33. ^ "2019 Superbike World Championship Algarve Session Facts". Retrieved 2021.
  34. ^ "Supersport 300 Acerbis Portuguese Round, 6-8 September 2019 Results Race" (PDF). Retrieved 2021.
  35. ^ "2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Algarve Session Facts". Retrieved 2021.
  36. ^ "2015 Blancpain Sprint Series Algarve". Retrieved 2021.

External links

  • Official website
  • Track maps and history at RacingCircuits.info
  • 3D preview of the Craig Jones Memorial, partially built, in the main access of the Algarve Motor Park - YouTube [1]
  • "Craig Jones remembered with statue honor" in Algarve resident (30 October 2009) [2]
  • "Craig Jones memorial removed" in Algarve resident (5 November 2009) [3]
  • (in Portuguese) "Paula Hespanha expõe estátua de Craig Jones" in Jornal Hardmusica (October 2009) [4]
  • (in Portuguese) "Memorial Craig Jones em Portimão" in Atrox Mobilis - Motos e Mobilidade (22 October 2009) (contains a 3D preview of the Craig Jones Memorial) [5]

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