The cancellation of the Azerbaijan, Singapore, and Japanese Grand Prix has evidenced the need to find extra races to add to the current calendar, while discussions about completing the Formula 1 2020 schedule continue.
A spokesman from the Algarve circuit confirmed that Portimao is currently in negotiation to join the Formula 1 calendar in 2020, confirming that there is a strong willingness from organizers and teams to have a Portuguese Grand Prix in the current season.
“We are in contact with FOM and in strong negotiations,” the spokesperson said. "
“For now nothing is confirmed, but we know that there is a lot of willingness among the teams that Portugal be chosen for the calendar and we are working very hard and doing everything we can to have the F1 in our race track.
“We are the option that everyone wants, from the location, the track, the large facilities that allow greater safety distance, the climate, the hotels and the reduced impact in the country of COVID-19.
"Any decision only will be made in July.”
Regarding the possibility of having further Formula 1 races in 2020, Ross Brawn stated last week that discussions are still going on.
“There are a number of good European tracks where we could add another one or two races on to make sure we have a comprehensive season.
"We’re not going to declare it yet, as it’s still a work in progress, “ claimed the Formula 1 managing director of motorsport.
It is reported that the Portuguese Grand Prix could be held on September 27 and October 4.
In that case, there would be the option for a second European race on September 13, with Italian venues Imola and Mugello considered as the current favorites.