Valtteri Bottas preparing for Formula 1’s first visit to Portimao

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Valtteri Bottas says the Portuguese Grand Prix will not be the first time he visited the Algarve International Circuit, but he is also doing “simulator prep”.

Next weekend Formula 1 will race at the Algarve International Circuit for the first time. The track, situated near Portimao on the Algarve in Portugal, is one of the tracks that have been added to the 2020 F1 calendar due to the coronavirus crisis.

Like this year’s visit to the Mugello Circuit, the drivers are venturing into the (partially) unknown. Valtteri Bottas says he is already doing prep work.

“It’s always nice to have a new circuit for Formula 1,” said the Finn.

“Like we saw in Mugello, it’s really nice to have something new, something different.

“I’ve been there, I’ve had one or two races there with F3 but that’s about 10 years ago. But I know the track a bit and we did already some prep with the team when I was able to go to UK, some simulator prep.

“And I have a home simulator as well, so for sure I can do a bit of work there,” concluded Bottas.


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