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Autódromo do Estoril

Route of the Autódromo do Estoril
22px-Flag of Portugal.png Estoril,Portugal
Events Formula One,MotoGP, A1 Grand Prix
Length km 4.36
Length mi 2.709
Turns 14
Record time 1'13.041
Record driver Ayrton Senna
Record team McLaren-Honda
Record year 1992

The Autódromo do Estoril (officially: Autódromo Fernanda Pires da Silva) is a 4.36 km(2.709-mi) race course in Portugal, and the home of the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix from 1984 to 1996.

Estoril was built in 1972 on a rocky plateau not far from Estoril, Portugal, the beach resort lending its name to the circuit. The course has two hairpin turns, noticeable elevation changes, and a long start/finish straight. Its first years saw many club races, as well as an occasional Formula 2 race. However, the course soon fell into disrepair, and a significant redevelopment effort was needed before international motorsport returned in 1984. Estoril became a popular event on the F1 calendar, the setting for many well-known moments including Jacques Villeneuve overtaking Michael Schumacher around the outside in 1996, and Riccardo Patrese being momentarily launched onto two wheels after colliding with Gerhard Berger on the main straight in 1991.

Through the years, Estoril has had numerous problems with safety, failing safety inspections on more than one occasion. Estoril sometimes has high crosswinds, which remind many of its Spanish counterpart, the Circuit de Catalunya. Many teams were fond of using Estoril for winter testing.

Estoril was dropped from the F1 calendar for the 1997 season, though it continued to play host to top-level sportscar, Dallara World Series and DTM touring car events. On October 23 2005, the Autódromo do Estoril hosted the third round of the first ever A1 Grand Prix racing season, with both races in the event being won by the French team.

Formula One history

Season Date Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1996 September 22 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1995 September 24 David Coulthard Williams-Renault Report
1994 September 25 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1993 September 26 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Report
1992 September 27 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Report
1991 September 22 Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault Report
1990 September 23 Nigel Mansell Ferrari Report
1989 September 24 Gerhard Berger Ferrari Report
1988 September 25 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
1987 September 20 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Report
1986 September 21 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Report
1985 April 21 Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Report
1984 October 21 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Report

WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) circuits

CuritibaPueblaValenciaPauBrnoEstorilBrands HatchOscherslebenAnderstorpMonzaOkayamaGuia Circuit

Former circuits (2005 - 2007) :

SBK circuits

LosailPhillip IslandValenciaAssenMonzaSalt Lake CityNürburgringMisanoBrnoBrands HatchDonington ParkVallelungaMagny-CoursPortimao

Past Circuits
AlbaceteAnderstorp BrainerdEstorilEuroSpeedway LausitzHockenheimHungaroringImolaJohorJaramaJerezKyalamiLaguna SecaLe MansManfeildMosportMugelloOran ParkOscherslebenÖsterreichringPaul RicardPergusaSalzburgring SentulShah AlamSilverstoneSpa-FrancorchampsSugoZeltweg

MotoGP circuits

Current circuits (2008)
LosailJerezEstorilShangaiLe MansMugelloCatalunyaDoningtonAssenSachsenringLaguna SecaBrnoMisanoIndianapolisMotegiPhillip IslandSepangValencia

Past circuits
IstanbulWelkomSuzukaRio de JaneiroPaul RicardImolaBuenos AiresJohorJaramaShah AlamZeltwegNürburgringSentulEastern CreekSalzburgringHockenheimHungaroringMagny-CoursInterlagosKyalamiRijekaSpa-FrancorchampsAnderstorp GoianiaMonzaSilverstoneOpatijaNogaroImatraSan CarlosKarlskogaIsle of ManMontjuïcCharadeDundrodMosportFujiDaytonaRouenSolitudeTampereKristianstadtHedemoraReimsBremgartenSchottenringAlbiGeneva