Portuguese sport personalities have expressed their support this week for the candidacy of the Algarve International Autodrome (AIA), in Portimão, for a place in the calendar of the Formula 1 World Championship. Renowned footbal coach José Mourinho underlined that “a country with great sportspeople deserves a Formula 1 Grand Prix”, referring to the possibility of Portimão being integrated into the revised F1 calendar this year.
The first to express his support was the well-known businessman Jorge Mendes, who while also a fan of the sport reveals that he would hate to miss the chance “to see Formula 1 in Portugal".
For Mendes “Portugal has one of the best circuits in the world and the Algarve Autodrome, will be a great host of F1”.
Moreover, João Félix, a young Portuguese star who has performed well in the Spanish League, at the service of Atlético Madrid, praised the Algarve circuit as “the ideal scenario for the return of Formula 1 to Portugal”.
In response to this recognition and support, the head of the Algarve International Autodrome, Paulo Pinheiro, said that “it is a pride to receive this support from such illustrious individuals, who carry the name of Portugal abroad and who reinforce, with friendly words, our candidacy for a place in the Formula 1 grand prix. It gives us the strength to continue working, in the sense of trying to ensure this aim”.
This recognition comes after the sporting director of F1, Ross Brawn, admitted that Portugal is being considered as an alternative to the revised calendar of the 2020 auto-racing competition.