Formula 1 drivers got their first taste of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, also known as the Portimão Circuit, in an incident packed free practice one on Friday 23 October.

Portimão circuit is a rollercoaster

The Portimão circuit in the Algarve region of Portugal is characterised by extreme changes in elevation and tight turns giving drivers the sensation of being on a rollercoaster.

Portimão Circuit

Portimão Circuit

Turn 4 claimed its fair share of victims and the onboard footage from FP1 lets you know exactly why.

Portimão Circuit

If the turns and the heat don’t get you, your car might just happen to burst into flames. Pierre Gasly had to move quickly to get out of his car as it went up in smoke. Fortunately the stewards were on hand to douse the blaze and the Alpha Tauri driver was unharmed.

Portimão Circuit

Mercedes number two Valtteri Bottas went fastest in FP1 ahead of teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Portuguese Grand Prix Free Practice 1

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:18.410 35
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:18.749 +0.339s 35
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:19.191 +0.781s 32
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:19.309 +0.899s 33
5 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:19.365 +0.955s 34
6 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:19.441 +1.031s 42
7 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:19.907 +1.497s 31
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:19.954 +1.544s 35
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:20.058 +1.648s 27
10 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:20.124 +1.714s 29
11 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:20.200 +1.790s 37
12 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:20.207 +1.797s 29
13 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:20.278 +1.868s 32
14 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:20.846 +2.436s 28
15 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:20.954 +2.544s 32
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:21.009 +2.599s 35
17 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:21.169 +2.759s 31
18 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.374 +2.964s 31
19 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 1:21.673 +3.263s 31
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:22.054 +3.644s 34
Portimão Circuit

Bottas maintained his habit of being ‘fastest on Friday’ when he completed a double-top in an incident-hit second practice for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

Portuguese Grand Prix Free Practice 2

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:17.940 32
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:18.535 +0.595s 34
3 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:18.743 +0.803s 35
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:18.838 +0.898s 34
5 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:19.113 +1.173s 32
6 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:19.175 +1.235s 34
7 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:19.178 +1.238s 26
8 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:19.308 +1.368s 27
9 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 1:19.496 +1.556s 32
10 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:19.643 +1.703s 37
11 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:19.821 +1.881s 33
12 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:19.901 +1.961s 34
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:19.987 +2.047s 28
14 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.465 +2.525s 33
15 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:20.490 +2.550s 34
16 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:20.680 +2.740s 29
17 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:20.729 +2.789s 33
18 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:20.867 +2.927s 32
19 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:20.983 +3.043s 26
20 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:21.396 +3.456s 34
Portimão Circuit
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