Scuderia Ferrari F1 - Discovering Portimao

Scuderia Ferrari F1 - Discovering Portimao

22.10.2020: PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX Portimao, Algarve 23-25 October 2020 This weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix is the twelfth round of this unusual Formula 1 season and it is also the second venue this year to make its debut hosting a round of motor

PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX
Portimao, Algarve
23-25 October 2020

 

This weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix is the twelfth round of this unusual Formula 1 season and it is also the second venue this year to make its debut hosting a round of motor racing’s blue riband category. The first was Mugello and this time it’s the turn of Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, commonly known as Portimão.


A couple of Formula 1 teams tested there several years ago, but otherwise this weekend marks Portugal’s return to the calendar after an absence of 24 years. The last race was held at Estoril in 1996, when Michael Schumacher finished third for the Scuderia. The race on Sunday 25 October will be run over 66 laps.




The circuit


The track is in the south of Portugal and opened in November 2008. It sits in over 300 hectares in the hills around the town of Portimão. 4.692 kilometres in length, it features several climbs and drops that make it very technical and demanding. The main straight comes close to a kilometre in length and flows into two fast right handers.


Then comes the first heavy braking point into turn 3, a very slow right hand hairpin, where understeer can be a factor. The track then climbs through a fast, blind left hand turn, leading on to a short back straight. Another left hand hairpin is followed by the fastest section.



The cars accelerate through turns 6 and 7, gaining a lot of speed before braking for the right hand turn 8. After this comes another climb to 9, a fast left hander followed by a downhill run to 10, the hardest braking point on the track. The final part consists of two long right hand turns, the first features negative camber, while the second is rather bumpy and leads onto the start-finish straight.



Seventeenth edition



Sunday’s race is the 26th to go by the name of Portuguese Grand Prix, but only the 17th to count towards the Formula 1 World Championship. Scuderia Ferrari has won twice in a row in Portugal, in 1989 with Gerhard Berger and the following year courtesy of Nigel Mansell, taking the last of his three wins for the Maranello marque.





Ferrari stats

GP contested 1002


Seasons in F1 71
Debut Monaco 1950 (Alberto Ascari 2nd; Raymond Sommer 4th; Luigi Villoresi DNF)
Wins 238 (23.75%)
Pole positions 228 (22.75%)
Fastest laps 254 (25.34%)
Podiums 772 (77.04%)

 

FERRARI STATS PORTUGUESE GP

GP entered 16
Debut 1958 (Mike Hawthorn 2nd; Wolfgang von Trips 5th)
Wins 2 (12,50%)
Pole positions 3 (18.75%)
Fastest laps 4 (25%)
Podiums 9 (56.25%)

 

Portuguese GP Facts & Figures



1. The number of test sessions Scuderia Ferrari completed at the Portimao circuit. The Maranello squad spent three days there along with McLaren, from 15 to 17 December 2008. Driving for the Scuderia were Luca Badoer, Felipe Massa and Marc Gene. They covered a total of 233 laps in an F2008, the quickest being a 1’30”163 set by Badoer.



3. The circuits that have previously hosted a Portuguese Grand Prix as a round of the Formula 1 World Championship, making Portimão the fourth. The race was held at Estoril 13 times, on two different layouts; the Oporto street circuit was used twice, including the first one in 1958, while in 1959, the race was run in Lisbon on a track in the Monsanto park.



5. The number of Portuguese drivers who have started at least one Formula 1 GP. The most successful was Tiago Vagaroso Monteiro who finished third in the 2005 United States Grand Prix, behind Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Only the Bridgestone runners took part, namely Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi. Tiago, who competed in 37 GPs, was at the wheel of a Jordan EJ15 to beat his team-mate, the Indian Narain Karthikeyan.


The only other Portuguese to score points was Pedro Lamy, who finished sixth in Australia in 1995 for Minardi. Mario Araujo de Cabral took part in four races, without any memorable results, but he was the first Portuguese driver to race in his home Grand Prix in 1959. Pedro Matos Chaves failed to qualify 14 times in 1991 with Coloni and Casimiro de Oliveira, brother of film director Manoel, pulled out before taking to the track for the 1958 edition.



87”987. The seconds and thousandths of the Formula 1 lap record at Portimão, set on 21 January 2009 by Sebastien Buemi in a Ferrari-powered Scuderia Toro Rosso. The Swiss also holds the record for Portimão at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve: 352.9 km/h.


1951. The year of the first Portuguese Grand Prix, originally for closed-wheel cars. It was held at Oporto and the winner was Casimiro de Oliveira in a privately entered Ferrari 340 America. The number of Ferrari wins in the Portuguese Grand Prix, including non-championship events is seven.



In 1952, Eugenio Castellotti won in a 225 S entered by Scuderia Guastalla (with Ferraris making a clean sweep of the top six,) while the following year the winner was José Nogueira Pinto in a 250 MM. In 1954 it was the turn of José Froilàn Gonzalez in a 750 Sport. In 1964, Englishman Chris Kerrison won at the wheel of a 250 GT, while in 1989 and 1990, Ferrari won with Gerhard Berger and Nigel Mansell respectively.

 


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