Portuguese Grand Prix

The Portuguese Grand Prix (Grande Prémio de Portugal) was a motorsports event held for several years, mostly in the 1950s and then in the 1980s and 90s. It was a Formula One race between 1958 and 1960 and between 1984 and 1996.

The first event was held on the Boavista street course in Porto on 17 June 1951 as a sports car race. The Grand Prix was moved to Monsanto Park, Lisbon, in 1954 as a one-off. The first Formula One race was held in 14 August 1958 in Boavista, followed in 1959 by a Grand Prix at Monsanto, return to Boavista in 1960, after which it was ended.

The name was resurrected for a sports car sprint event in the Cascais street circuit in 1964. The following two years, it was run for Formula Three cars.

The seeds for the return of the Portuguese Grand Prix were planted with the inauguration of the Autódromo do Estoril in 1972. The Estoril Grand Prix was held as a European Formula Two Championship event during the 1970s. In 21 October 1984, Portugal returned to the F1 calendar, ending the season, where Alain Prost won the race but failed to win the Championship by half a point. In 1985, the Grand Prix was moved to April 21 and held under heavy rain, the ideal conditions for Ayrton Senna to win his first race. From 1986, the race was held in what would become its traditional date, in the penultimate week of September.

After the deaths of Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in Imola in 1994, the Estoril track was changed, with a new chicane built in place of the tank curve, as a security measure. Estoril was then considered an unsafe and outdated track, and the last Portuguese Grand Prix was in Estoril on 22 September 1996, with Jacques Villeneuve as the winner. Estoril was planned to be the final of race of 1997 season, but improvements to the circuit were not finished in time, so it was replaced with the European Grand Prix, which was held at Jerez in Spain.

On April 4, 2009 Max Mosley stated that based on the quality of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve circuit, the Portuguese Grand Prix could be integrated into the Formula One championship, as long as a commercial agreement with the Formula One Management is achieved.

Other articles related to "grand, portuguese grand prix, grand prix, grands, portuguese":

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Of Russia - Ancestry
... Ancestors of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia FFFF ... Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine FFM ... Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia MFFF ...
1959 Portuguese Grand Prix - Championship Standings After The Race
34 (37) 2 Ferrari 3 ... BRM 4 ... Lotus-Climax 3 Previous race 1959 German Grand Prix FIA Formula One World Championship 1959 season Next race 1959 Italian ...
List Of Formula One Grands Prix - Active and Past Races - By Venue
... Bold denotes the 20 Grands Prix held in the 2012 season ... Racing Track Races Held Total Adelaide Australian Grand Prix (1985–1995) 11 Aida Pacific Grand Prix (1994–1995) 2 Aintree British Grand Prix (1955, 1957, 1959, 1961–1962) 5 Anderstorp ...
Portuguese Grand Prix (disambiguation)
... Portuguese Grand Prix can refer to Portuguese Grand Prix, a Formula One motor race Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix ...
Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems - Formula One (1987 - 1991) - Coloni-Ford (1987–1989)
... first appearance in Formula One at the 1987 Italian Grand Prix in September 1987 ... recorded Coloni’s first Formula One race start at the next race, the 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix, although mechanical problems meant that he did not finish ... of year overseas races that year, so Larini’s retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix that year ended their first season ...

Famous quotes containing the word grand:

    Well! If the Bard was weather-wise, who made
    The grand old ballad of Sir Patrick Spence,
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)