Portimao is another track that joins the F1 Calendar in 2020 and will host the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix for the first time that will send drivers speeding up hill and down valley. Giulio previews the race in Portimao in what might be win number 92 for Lewis Hamilton.
Portuguese Grand Prix
The Portuguese Grand Prix named the Autodrom Internacional do Algarve is situated 30 minutes off the port city Portimao. The exact place that Ayrton Senna chose as his base when racing in Europe.
Friday – Practice 1 – 11:00 BST, Practice 2 – 15:00 BST
Saturday – Practice 3 – 11:00 BST, Qualifying – 14:00 BST
Sunday – Race – 13:10 BST
The current standings for the F1 Drivers
Current standings for the F1 Construction Teams
- Red Bull
- Racing Point
- Alfa Romeo
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Relevant News Regarding the Portuguese Grand Prix
Stroll tested positive for COVID-19
Lance Stroll revealed on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 following the Eifel Grand Prix. He will have to self-isolate for 10 days. Hulkenberg will therefore represent Racing Point in Portugal this week, and having finished eighth in Nürburgring, Racing point surpassed McLaren in the constructors’ standings, making them third place.
Ferrari preparing well for the Portuguese Grand Prix
Ferrari seems to have more assertiveness after bringing in new upgrades to Portimao for the Grand Prix. The team has stated that they are aiming to qualify at least P6 of the grid for the remaining six races this season. Ferrari just started inside the top six five times this season, whereas in 2019, the managed nine pole positions in 2019.
“We already introduced a few small modifications to the car’s aero package in Sochi and added others at the Nurburgring. In Portimao we will have a further update, mainly to the diffuser, completing the programme set out over the past few months.” – Enrico Cardile (Head of Performance and Development)
The team is confident that they would do anything in their power to finish as strongly as possible and attempt to surpass Renault in the next coming circuits.
Grosjean and Magnussen are leaving Haas in 2021
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will leave the American team at the end of this season after a four-year partnership together. Together with the Haas team, they reached an impressive fifth place in the constructors’ championship back in 2018. However, their performance has since then deteriorated and so far in 2020, they both only have a one point finish to their name.
“The last chapter is closed and the book is finished. I’ve been with Haas F1 Team since day one. Five years during which we went through highs and lows, scored 110 points in 92 races, but the journey was worth it.” – Grosjean
It remains unclear who will drive for Haas next season, but it is believed an F2 driver will take that one seat. The other seat could be open for many, like Sergio Perez or Nico Hulkenberg.
Predictions for the Portuguese Grand Prix
In a corner variety of medium to high downforce levels, Mercedes seems once again the favourite who have the overall best W11, but with the new upgrades from Red Bull they could display a startling performance at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Aside from the top two teams, I could see Ferarri and Renault putting pressure and finish in the top six.
Although there were some bracing conditions out at Nurburgring, there is come optimism for the Portuguese Grand Prix forecast. There is a slight chance of rain happening this weekend, and could significantly affect the race on Sunday, but it should be clear blue skies.
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