The return of Formula 1 to Portugal is dependent on "there being a public" or, "there being no public, on the support of the Government", revealed today the president of the Portuguese Federation of Automobilism and Karting (FPAK).
Speaking to Agência Lusa, Ni Amorim said that the deadline for making a decision regarding the possibility of evidence, scheduled for the beginning of May, "was extended to mid-February".
"It was until the end of the month [de janeiro] that a decision had to be made, which was extended to mid-February. The question continues to be whether or not there is a public, which at this point is difficult to predict ", he stressed.
Ni Amorim admitted that "it is worrying" that there will be news of alternative circuits to host the May 2 race, which is intended to be held in Portugal.
"There are many countries that want Formula 1. We have to fight and play our part and the authorities must collaborate with us to open a window of hope for us. And see if it is possible to organize the race without an audience, but with the support of the State", concluded Ni Amorim.
On January 12, 2021, the official Formula 1 website started a pre-sale process for tickets to the Portuguese Grand Prix, without confirming the event, on the same day that the organization of the World Cup revised the calendar.
The championship, which will kick off a week later than scheduled, in Bahrain, on March 28, leaves the date of the third race of the year on May 2 open, with the official website on the ticket sale section. , accepts registrations of interest in tickets to the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix, with the exception that it is subject to confirmation.
In 2020, Formula 1 returned to Portugal for the 17th time, after 24 years and for the first time at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão, after the changes to the calendar motivated by the pandemic of covid-19.
The revised calendar and presented by Liberty Media, organizer of the 'Great Circus', on January 12, foresees a record of 23 events, between March 28 and December 12, when the Abu Dhabi race will be held.
The postponement of the start of the championship, initially scheduled for Melbourne, on March 21, was due to travel restrictions to Australia, due to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, and the race was postponed to November 21.
The Italian circuit of Imola returns to the calendar on April 18 – and not 11 as it was on the initial calendar -, while the organization takes on “negotiations with the promoter and the Chinese authorities on the potential rescheduling of the race for later in the season. ”.
The departure of the Grand Prix of Vietnam, which was already known, after the arrest of corruption of the former mayor of Hanoi, opened a vacancy in the calendar, with a test scheduled for May 2 (and no longer on April 25) , in a place yet to be designated.
In November, the Brazilian Grand Prix, at the Interlagos circuit, in São Paulo, was brought forward one week, to the 7th, in order to accommodate the Australian race on the 21st.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was postponed by one week to December 5th (still subject to approval by the Jeddah circuit), as was the closing race of the season in Abu Dhabi, which runs to December 12th.
The entry of the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola is still subject to approval by the World Council of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).