The return of Formula 1 to Portugal depends on “there is a public” or “there cannot be a public that is supported by the government,” said the president of the Portuguese Association for Automobile and Karting (FPAK) on Thursday .
In an interview with Agência Lusa, Ni Amorim said that the deadline planned for early May for the decision on the possibility of evidence “has been extended to mid-February”.
“It was by the end of the month [de Janeiro] that a decision had to be made that was extended to mid-February. The question remains whether there is a public or not, which is difficult to predict at the moment, ”he said.
Amorim admitted that “it is worrying” that there will be news from alternative circuits to host the May 2nd event, due to be held in Portugal.
“There are many countries that want Formula 1. We have to fight and play our part and the authorities have to work with us to open a window of hope for us. And see if it is possible to organize the event without an audience but with the support of the state, ”concluded Ni Amorim.
On January 12, 2021, on the same day that the World Championship organization revised the calendar, the official Formula 1 website launched a pre-sale process for tickets for the Portuguese Grand Prix without confirming the event.
The championship, which kicks off a week later than expected in Bahrain on March 28th, leaves the date of the third race of the year open on May 2nd, with the official website under the Ticket Sales section., Accepts registrations of interest tickets for the Grand Prix from Portugal 2021, with the exception that confirmation is required.
In 2020, Formula 1 returned to Portugal for the 17th time in 24 years and for the first time at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão after the calendar was changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The revised calendar, presented on January 12th by Liberty Media, the organizer of the Great Circus, provides for a record of 23 events between March 28th and December 12th when the race takes place in Abu Dhabi .
The postponement of the start of the championship, originally scheduled for Melbourne on March 21, was due to travel restrictions to Australia due to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, and the race has been postponed to November 21.
The Italian Imola circuit will return to the calendar on April 18th – rather than April 11th as in the original calendar – while the organization “begins negotiations with the organizer and the Chinese authorities about the possible postponement of the race for later Season. ”.
The departure of the Vietnam Grand Prix, which was already known after the arrest of the former mayor of Hanoi for corruption, opened a vacancy on the calendar. A test was planned for May 2nd (and no longer for April 25th) at a location yet to be determined.
In November, the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo was brought forward by one week to the 7th to do justice to the Australian race on the 21st.
The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix has been postponed for a week to December 5th (subject to approval by the Jeddah Circuit), as has the season’s final race in Abu Dhabi, which runs until December 12th.
Participation in the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola has yet to be approved by the World Council of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).