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2021 F1 Portuguese Grand Prix: Session times, how to watch and weather preview

James Black April 29, 2021
F1 Grand Prix of Portugal - Previews
Photo by Gabriel Bouys - Pool/Getty Images

It’s almost race weekend as Formula One returns to Portugal tomorrow for the Portuguese Grand Prix. It is the third round of this year’s F1 World Championship with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen only split by a single point at the top of the driver’s standings.

The opening two races saw Hamilton win in Bahrain before Verstappen took the top step of the podium last time out at Imola – with only a fastest lap for Hamilton splitting the two title challengers.

The return to the Algarve International Circuit near Portimao, is the second time F1 will have raced around the 4.653 km (2.891 mi) circuit – with Hamilton breaking Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins when he picked up the chequered flag for the 92nd time last October.

Hamilton’s victory last year saw him finish the race 25.592 seconds ahead of team-mate Valterri Bottas; the second-biggest gap from P1 to P2 all season.

Photo by Gabriel Bouys – Pool/Getty Images

With the Mercedes’ of Hamilton and Bottas looking a little less imperious than it did last time at Portimao, Red Bull will be hoping they can keep right on the Silver Arrows’ as F1 returns to Portugal.

The race will use the slightly revised schedule for 2021 with practice sessions shortened while qualifying will use the usual three sessions with Portimao not one of the cirtuits considered for the new Sprint Qualifying races well see three times this season.

The session and TV times for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix are:

Friday 30 April

  • Free Practice 1: 11.30am-12pm BST (Live Sky Sports F1 11am)
  • Free Practice 2: 3pm-4pm BST (Live Sky Sports F1 2:45pm)

Saturday 1 May

  • Free Practice 3: 12pm-1pm BST (Live Sky Sports F1 11.45am)
  • Qualifying: 3pm-4pm BST (Live Sky Sports F1 2pm; Highlights Channel 4 6.30pm)

Sunday 2 May

  • Race: 3pm BST (Live Sky Sports F1 1.30pm; Highlights Channel 4 7.30pm)

Portuguese GP weather forecast:

FRIDAY – FP1 AND FP2
Conditions: Slightly cloudy with a ;ight wind increasing in the late afternoon. Dry for FP1 and slight chance of showers for FP2
Maximum temperature:20°C/68°F
Rain? Possible in FP2 – 20% chance.

SATURDAY – FP3 AND QUALIFYING
Conditions: Dry and sunny.
Maximum temperature expected: 20°C/68°F
Rain: No. <1% chance.

SUNDAY – RACE
Conditions: Dry and Sunny
Maximum temperature expected: 21°C/69.8°F
Chance of rain: No. <1% chance

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James has been with Not The Old Firm since the beginning and took over as Managing Editor in 2021. As well as NTOF, James has written for HITC, Rangers News, The Daily Record, SB Nation, Shoot! Magazine and Youth Football Scotland. He can be found on Twitter @jamesblack1986 and, away from Scottish football, has a keen interest in MLS (Chicago Fire) and Formula 1.