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Portugal is ready to host a Formula 1 event for the first time since 1996

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal, has now the FIA  Grade 1 licence.

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Portugal is ready to host a Formula 1 event for the first time since 1996
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A new circut might join the Formula 1 calendar: the Portimão circuit, in Portugal, has been upgraded to Grade 1 licence from the FIA. This means the circuit will be able to host F1 events, together with the other Grade 1 circuit in Portugal, the Estoril circuit. 

The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, which already hosted F1 tests in 2008, received the upgrade by the FIA thanks to the changes made after Charlie Whiting and Eduardo Freitas' inspection last year. 

The cicuit will serve as a testing venue for one of the 10 F1 teams in November, for a private test session. The team is still unknown, because of a privacy agreement with the circuit management. The goal, for the circuit, is to host F1 pre-season tests from 2021, replacing the Montmelò circuit in Barcelona, Spain. 

The Portuguese Grand Prix is not new to the Formula 1 calendar: it has been held from 1984 to 1996 in the Estoril circuit, which dropped off the calendar when it failed to meed required upgrades.

The last Portuguese GP saw Jacques Villeneuve win's with Williams in 1996. 

The Portimão circuit will likely host a MotoGP event next year, but will maybe fit the Formula 1 calendar too because of the chaothic 2020 calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian GP, scheduled for June 12-14, was the last one to postpone the event.

It is still unknown, then, when, and if, the 2020 Formula 1 Championship will start. 

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