Formula One statistics for the Portuguese Grand Prix

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2020

Portimao is set for a dry and warm Friday and Saturday, but as with several of the previous races there is a tease of potential rain anticipated for Sunday. The Algarve circuit was opened in 2008.

Mercedes meanwhile have their first chance to seal an unprecedented seventh successive constructors' title, although they may have to wait another weekend for the inevitable to be confirmed.

When F1 arrived in 1996 for the last Portuguese Grand Prix, it was Williams who were on top. But it was his teammate Jacques Villeneuve who won ahead of the Brit, forcing the championship to move on to Japan, where Hill won the race and the title.

The champions will need to score 40 points more than closest rivals Red Bull for that to happen at Portimao's undulating Algarve International Circuit, which is hosting a grand prix for the first time.

Only two Portuguese drivers have scored points in Formula One (Tiago Monteiro and Pedro Lamy) and the country is not represented on the current grid.

They are now 180 points clear, with five races remaining after Portugal worth a total of 220 points.

Two weeks after shivering at the Nurburgring where the six-time champion drew level with Michael Schumacher on 91 wins, the travelling circus hopes also to avoid any contact with the growing second wave of Covid-19 across Europe.

Vettel is the next closest on 53.

The original F1 calendar for 2020 included 22 races, which would have been a record, although it is thought this could increase further in the future - while the new Concorde Agreement allows for up to 25.

Ferrari have won 238 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 111 and Red Bull 63.

A Spanish motoring website has published what it claims is a leaked copy of the schedule for next season, which has the season opening race in Bahrain, with the Melbourne race moved to October.

Hamilton has a record 160 career podiums.

The Briton leads Bottas by 69 points.

Williams, under new American ownership following the Williams family's decision to sell, are without a point this season.

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