The Formula 1 has confirmed that the Portuguese Grand Prix will host the third race of the 2021 F1 season and thus replace the Vietnam Grand Prix, which will not be held for the second year in a row.

Portugal returned to the F1 calendar last year after 1996 when it was held at Estoril , but in 2020 the race was driven at Portimao where previously only F1 tests have been held.

After the postponement of the Australian GP for November 21 and the cancellation of the Grand Prix of China and the Grand Prix of Vietnam, Portugal was given the opportunity again and will take place of the third race of the season in early May, a week before the Grand Prix of Spain.

“We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be driven again in Portimao after the huge success of last year’s race,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.

“We want to thank the promoter and the Portuguese government for their hard work and commitment to get to this point.”

“We are confident and excited about the 2021 F1 season after we showed last year that we can safely deliver 17 races for millions of fans in these difficult times.”

“We hope to re-host the fans at Portimao in a safe way and we are working with the promoter on the details of that plan.”

Last year’s race in Portimao had about 27,000 spectators.

2021 F1 CALENDAR

1 Bahrain 28 Mar
2 Imola 18 Apr
3 Portugal 02 May
4 Spain 9 May
5 Monaco 23 May
6 Azerbaijan 6 Jun
7 Canada 13 Jun
8 France 27 Jun
9 Austria 4 Jul
10 Great Britain 18 Jul
11 Hungary 1 Aug
12 Belgium 29 Aug
13 Netherlands 5 Sep
14 Italy 12 Sep
15 Russia 26 Sep
16 Singapore 3 Oct
17 Japan 10 Oct
18 USA 24 Oct
19 Mexico 31 Oct
20 Brazil 07 Nov
21 Australia 21 Nov
22 Saudi Arabia 05 Dec
23 Abu Dhabi 12 Dec
2020 Portugese GP Verstappen leads Sainz Leclerc Norris Albon Ricciardo Ocon Photo Red Bull
Verstappen leads Sainz, Leclerc, Norris, Albon, Ricciardo and Ocon at the 2020 Portugese GP (Photo: Red Bull)
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