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Portugal becomes the latest country linked with the vacant slot on the 2013 F1 calendar

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Calvin _

January 26, 2013 8:46 AM

It's easy. Portugal can't afford it and even if they could, they should be thinking of other things rather than a "glamour" event.

Portimao was built to try to bring F1 back. Think they didn't realise how much money BE wants to hold a race. They have managed to retain WSBK, for now.

Josh - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 11:56 AM

"There aren't any Portuguese F1 drivers on the starting grid, so i think the show should go over to France."

What has that got to do with anything? There are no Malaysian, Chinese, Monegasque, Canadian, Hungarian, Belgian, Italian, Singaporean, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Emirati or American drivers in 2013 either. Portugal is just as entitled to a race as any of the above countries.

jim crint - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 12:34 PM

I used to love the old Portugese GP at Estoril. If I had my way there'd be a lot more European GPs as F1 is a European sttyle of racing and the history and tradition (and support) is here. Bring back the Portugese, Dutch, French, Austrian, San Marino GPs please!


January 26, 2013 12:53 PM

Portimao track is beautifull and 4sure would be a great track for F1 but to be honest i think its better for Motorcycle racing.. F1 is great and is somethingh unick but if is so expensive is better to wach on Tv.. For me i would prefer to have motogp back again but insted of Estoril track, Portimao would be amyzing..

Nanbawan - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 9:31 PM

France or Portimao, either way I'm cool with it.

Not a lot of noise in France about the return of a GP but maybe the potential organisers are silently gathering support.

Pedro Correia

January 27, 2013 1:35 AM

In first place, it's just Bernie being Bernie... launching possible hosts in the air, trying to increase the fee to a GD deal for an year only that no one is really interested on paying.
Second place, Portimao circuit is on default, no governmental financial help either, can't realise o could negotiate with Bernie to bring the GP.
Third place, was said they hadn't pay yet the fee of GP2 race a few years ago...

Antonio Trindade - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 5:21 AM

Contrary to public belief, the Portimao Circuit was built to host the WSBK Championship and possibly the MotoGp. Yes, F1 tested there and they were given clearence for testing F1 car's but the ultimate goal was to bring competitive bike racing to the Algarve.
But let's be honest, it's not the matter of the 35 million euros fee, that's peanuts.. Are you joking? We're in trouble, but if it all came down to that fee, compared to the millions of euros the region could make in just one weekend, i'm pretty sure that fee would sort itself out.
The problem and it's soution lies with what Ecclestone wants and that is not clear at all.

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