The AIA first entered the restricted lot of F1 circuits last October, following the return of the race to the country
For the second consecutive year, the AIA – Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, located in the municipality of Portimão, will receive the Portuguese Grand Prix in Formula 1, scheduled for the next May 2nd. The news was confirmed, on the 5th of March, by the organizing entities, which puts Portimão, the Algarve and Portugal back on the calendar of the most important world motorsport competition.
The mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes, welcomed the decision, "awaited with expectation in the county", stressing that, "even if it is not possible for the public to attend due to Covid-19, the gain for the region is guaranteed ».
"Despite the current pandemic situation, I maintain the hope that the AIA benches can open, as long as all security conditions are guaranteed and that is what we are working on", said the mayor, for whom "the monitoring of the competition throughout the world by millions of people, alone, already justifies this bet, because it is a unique sporting moment, capable of bringing great projection to the Algarve and the country ».
Isilda Gomes attributes the return of Formula 1 «to the exemplary way in which the race was held last October, as a result of the magnificent conditions of our race track, and this event should be seen as a unique opportunity to make the world known as a tourist destination of election, where it is good to live and invest »
«The region needs sustainable and diversified investment, capable of creating wealth all year round and leveraging the local economy, especially in the areas of hotels and restaurants, commerce and services, and I believe that this event is an excellent showcase that can attract entrepreneurs and investors », Defends the president, before recalling that in 2020 the passage of Formula 1 through Portimão will have had a direct impact in the order of 100 million euros.
The AIA entered the restricted lot of F1 circuits for the first time last October, following the return of the race to the country, after 24 years of absence. Following the race, Lewis Hamilton climbed to the top of the podium, alongside Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, applauded in the stands by more than 27,000 enthusiasts, many of whom came to Portimão expressly to watch the race.
The objective of the organization is to count again on the AIA benches, for which a strict health security plan will be drawn up due to Covid-19, in close collaboration with the promoter and the Portuguese Government. However, it is already known that there will be an interesting Formula 1 support program, between April 30th and May 2nd, with the race dispute counting for the International GT Open Championship, which will return to the Algarve circuit after 2013, and for the Euroformula Open, in absolute debut at the AIA. Portimão will also see the opening of the new season of the Portuguese Speed Championship, the only Portuguese competition included in the Formula 1 Grand Prix schedule.