Autodromo Fernanda Pires da Silva, Lisbon

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The Autódromo do Estoril, officially known as Autódromo Fernanda Pires da Silva, is a motorsport race track in Portugal, owned by state-run holding management company Parpública. Its length is 4.182km. It was the home of the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix from 1984 to 1996. The capacity of the motorsport stadium is 45,000. The circuit has FIA Grade 1 license.
Its first years saw many national races, as well as an occasional Formula 2 race. However, the course soon fell into disrepair due to the owning company having been taken over by the state between 1975–78, 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 Niki Lauda winning the championship, his third and final, from McLaren team mate Alain Prost by just half a point by finishing second to Prost at the 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix. Three times world champion Ayrton Senna's first F1 win in 1985, Nigel Mansell's notorious black flag incident and subsequent collision with Senna in 1989, Jacques Villeneuve's overtaking Michael Schumacher around the outside of the final turn in 1996, and Riccardo Patrese's being launched airborne in a near-backward flip after colliding with Gerhard Berger on the main straight in 1992.
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  • We visited on the Friday when the practice sessions were taking place, unbelievable that we could just walk in and see the racing free. The stadium is old and has not seen a formula 1 race in years...  more »
  • Visited in April/May this year, this circuit with an exciting racing past. Lovely sunny day but windy like quite a few racing sites I can think of. Ample parking. There was some practice going on.....  more »

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