Estoril 322

Estoril

The need for a replacement race for the final Grand Prix of 1984 gave Estoril the opportunity to join the World Championship.

Country
Portugal
Location
Alcabideche, Lisbon Region
Latest Race

The need for a replacement race for the final Grand Prix of 1984 gave Estoril the opportunity to join the World Championship. Estoril opened in 1972 but it fell into disrepair during the late 1970s. The 1984 Portuguese GP saw the closest-ever finish to the championship, as Niki Lauda edged out McLaren team-mate Alain Prost for the title by half a point. Ayrton Senna won his first Grand Prix at Estoril a year later, delivering a masterly performance in atrocious conditions. Prost had an eventful race weekend here in 1993, securing his fourth world crown and announcing his retirement within a 24-hour period. A new hairpin was built to slow cars at Turn 9 in the aftermath of the 1994 Imola tragedy. The Portuguese GP was last held at Estoril in 1996 as Formula 1 expanded outside Europe.

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.703 (Miles)

Description

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Damon Hill (Williams FW15C-Renault), 1m11.494, 136.107 mph, F1, 1993

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Damon Hill (Williams FW15C-Renault), 1m14.859, 129.989 mph, F1, 1993

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.709 (Miles)

Description

A new hairpin was constructed at Turn 9

Fastest Race Lap

Damon Hill (Williams FW18-Renault), 1m20.330, 121.405 mph, F1, 1996

Fastest Qualifying Lap

David Coulthard (Williams FW16B-Renault), 1m22.446, 118.289 mph, F1, 1994

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.599 (Miles)

Description

First two corners tightened. Parabolica moved towards pit complex to allow greater run-off area

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12,833

Results

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15,933

Drivers

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8,248

Teams

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