Autódromo do Estoril - the grand tour
The Portuguese Grand Prix has filled Formula 1 drivers with both joy and dispair, it has been home to controversy and celebration
This week we all witnessed the first ever episode of the long awaited Amazon show; The Grand Tour. The show featured the mouth watering hypercar race between the La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918. Personally I was backing the 918... well, because of the 4 wheel drive. Of the 3 cars the Porsche has the least horsepower and weighs the most, but it is supplemented by it's 2 electric motors.
Why am I even talking about something you've already seen this week? Purely because the track that was used to pit these cars against one another was no other than the Autódromo do Estoril in Portugal. Formally a Formula 1 race-track, this location saw over 10 F1 grand prix races before 1996.
Why the significance? The Autódromo do Estoril was the site of the legendary Ayrton Senna's first ever win. But moreover it was the scene of one of the closest F1 seasons as Niki Lauda won his 3rd and last F1 Championship by half a point over team-mate Alain Prost... who won the race itself. Furthermore this race has seen sport defining incidents as the Nigel Mansell black flag incident which diminished Senna's chances of winning the championship.
The Portuguese Grand Prix has filled Formula 1 drivers with both joy and dispair, it has been home to controversy and celebration... if you ask me, this hallowed ground deserves to be in the Formula 1 Calendar again.