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Formula 1 cars return to Portugal

1st December 2008: Algarve Property News

Formula 1 cars returned to Portugal recently when Ferrari and McLaren christened the new Algarve Motor Park.

The sport’s top two teams kicked off the first official F1 test at the track and were in action for three days as both concluded their track testing programmes for 2008.

The 4.7 km circuit, situated near Portimao in Portugal’s Algarve region, features 18 turns and Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Gary Paffett (McLaren) were the drivers to try out the hilly layout for the first time.

Portugal last hosted a grand prix in 1996 but the new Motor Park looks set to become one of the regular destinations on the off-season F1 testing roster with another official test planned for January during which Renault will launch its new R29 car.

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