Portimao is back! After much debate pre-season, the Portuguese Grand Prix returns to the F1 calendar for a second year having been added to the schedule as the sport scrambled for available venues in the uncertain landscape of the pandemic.
The track, opened in 2008, is a modern venue with drastic elevation changes designed to test car, driver and engine over its challenging 4.6km layout. Although 2020 may have been Formula 1’s first visit to the Algarve Circuit, it wasn't our first trip to Portugal. Honda was here in 1992 at Autodromo do Estoril, where Gerhard Berger and Ayrton Senna powered on to a double podium, finishing second and third just behind our old friend Nigel Mansell in the Williams.
Max and Pierre raced to P3 and P5 finishes last year, so we'll be hoping for more as we return in 2021. Our next win will mark Honda's 80th trip to the top step in Formula 1 - and it would be the first time since 1992 for Honda power to win two grand prix in a row, if successful this weekend.