Portuguese Grand Prix

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Flag of Portugal.svg Portuguese Grand Prix
Autódromo do Estoril
Circuit Estoril.png
Race information
Laps 70
Circuit length 4.360 km (2.709 mi)
Race length 305.200 km (189.64 mi)
Number of times held 25
First held 1951, First F1-1958
Last held 1996
Most wins (drivers) United Kingdom Nigel Mansell (3)
France Alain Prost (3)
Most wins (constructors) Italy Ferrari (7)
Last race (1996):
Pole position United Kingdom Damon Hill
United Kingdom Williams-Renault
1:20.330
Podium 1. Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom Williams-Renault
1:40:22.915
2. United Kingdom Damon Hill
United Kingdom Williams-Renault
+19.966s
3. Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
+53.765s
Fastest lap Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom Williams-Renault
1:22.873

The Portuguese Grand Prix (Grande Prémio de Portugal) was a motor racing event held for several years, starting in the 1950s. 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. The Grand Prix was moved to Monsanto Park, Lisbon, in 1954 as a one time event. The first Formula One race was held in 14 August 1958. The first three F1 races were held in both Boavista and Monsanto. 1960 was the last Formula One race for more than 20 years.

The Portuguese Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 1984 to the Autódromo do Estoril in 1984. After the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at Imola in 1994, the Estoril track was changed. A new chicane was built in place of the tank curve, as a safety measure. But Estoril was considered an unsafe and outdated track. The last Portuguese Grand Prix was in Estoril on 22 September 1996.

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