Officials at the Algarve circuit in Portugal have confirmed that they are in discussions with Formula 1 for the organisation of races this year.
As reported on Sunday morning, the Algarve circuit in Portugal has a good chance of being on the F1 calendar in 2020 according to Portuguese media outlet A Bola, which indicates that a first race, to be called the Portuguese Grand Prix, could take place on September 27th in Portimao.
Indeed TJ13 reported on the high likelihood we would see the first Portuguese Grand Prix in Formula 1 some time ago, during the initial planning of the revised 2020 F1 season back in April READ MORE ON THAT HERE.
According to A Bola, the circuit might not just hold one race, but two, but this time called the Algarve Grand Prix on October the 4th.
A spokesman for the Portuguese circuit has now confirmed to Autosport that discussions are underway with F1, saying there is “a lot of willingness” on the part of the teams to choose the circuit.
“We are in contact with the FOM and have solid negotiations.” confirmed the spokesman for the Algarve circuit.
“At the moment nothing is confirmed, but we know there is a lot of willingness among the teams to have Portugal chosen for the calendar and we are working very hard and doing everything we can to have F1 on our race track.
“We are the option that everyone wants, the location, the track, large facilities that allow for greater safety distance, climate, hotels and reduced impact in the country of COVID-19. ”
Earlier this week, Formula 1 championship technical director Ross Brawn confirmed that the Formula 1 championship is in discussions with several European circuits for the organisation of races from September onwards.
In addition to the Algarve circuit, Imola, Hockenheim and Jerez would be serious candidates to host F1 before the end of the year.
The final calendar for the 2020 season has not yet been published. Only the first eight rounds of the year, all of which will be contested in Europe and behind closed doors, are known at the moment.