Portugal will stage the third round of the Formula 1 season on May 2 after its addition to the calendar was rubber-stamped.

Portugal will stage the third round of the Formula 1 season on May 2 after its addition to the calendar was rubber-stamped.
As first reported last month, a deal had been agreed between F1 and the Portimao circuit to fill the vacant slot on the 23-race schedule pending final approval, which was announced on Friday morning.
The Portuguese GP completes what is scheduled to be a record 23-race season. The campaign begins in Bahrain on March 28. Every race is live on Sky Sports F1.
Stefano Domenicali, F1’s president and CEO, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Formula 1 will be racing again in Portimao after the huge success of the race last year.
“We want to thank the promoter and the Portuguese Government for their hard work and dedication in getting us to this point.
“We are confident and excited about our 2021 season, having shown last year that we could deliver 17 races safely and bring our millions of fans thrilling racing at a difficult time.”
The undulating Portimao circuit in the Algarve – likened to a rollercoaster by drivers – was drafted in to hold its inaugural Grand Prix last October as F1 moved to a mostly European-based schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The track proved popular with drivers and produced an exciting Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton winning his 92nd race to surpass Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.
Twenty-seven thousand spectators were in attendance last autumn.
“We hope to welcome fans to Portimao again this season in a safe way and are working with the promoter on the details of that plan,” added Domenicali.
It’s official. We’re going back to Portimão this season!
Round 3: 30 April – 02 May
Last year’s race wasn’t too bad… pic.twitter.com/YV9pAvpWVW
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) March 5, 2021
Portugal is currently one of 33 countries on the United Kingdom’s ‘red list’ and UK and Irish residents have to quarantine in hotels for 10 days on their return, with elite sports not exempt.
Portugal will form a back-to-back with neighbouring Spain on the calendar, meaning F1 personnel are set to go straight from the Algarve to Barcelona for the following week’s event.

Date Grand Prix UK race start
March 28 Bahrain GP 4pm
April 18 Emilia-Romagna GP 2pm
May 2 Portuguese GP 3pm
May 9 Spanish GP 2pm
May 23 Monaco GP 2pm
June 6 Azerbaijan GP 1pm
June 13 Canadian GP 7pm
June 27 French GP 2pm
July 4 Austrian GP 2pm
July 18 British GP 3pm
August 1 Hungarian GP 2pm
August 29 Belgian GP 2pm
September 5 Dutch GP 2pm
September 12 Italian GP 2pm
September 26 Russian GP 1pm
October 3 Singapore GP 1pm
October 10 Japanese GP 6am
October 24 United States GP 8pm
October 31 Mexico City GP 7pm
November 7 Sao Paulo GP 5pm
November 21 Australian GP 6am
December 5 Saudi Arabian GP 4pm
December 12 Abu Dhabi GP 1pm

F1’s Grands Prix are reverting to starting at the top of the hour in the 2021 season after three seasons of ‘lights out’ at 10 minutes past the hour.
Most European races are starting at 3pm local time, which is 2pm for UK viewers on Sky Sports F1 (the British GP will start at 3pm local).
The season-opening Bahrain GP takes place in a tea-time slot of 4pm BST.