Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

Algarve International Racetrack welcomes F1 testing

The Algarve International Racetrack (AIA) in Portimão is preparing to host two days of free Formula 1 testing by Alpine on Wednesday and Thursday (July 12-13).

The main stands will be open to anyone who wants the see the testing live and up close for free.

McLaren also held a three-day test session at the circuit between July 4-6, when reserve driver Mick Schumacher took the wheel of Zak Brown’s team’s 2021 car.

“With a specific testing program, the German driver also tried out some Pirelli tire compounds used in the championship, with the team bringing along some young technicians still in training to the Algarve,” AIA said in a statement to the press.

“Our circuit continues to be one of the most desired by teams for testing and competition. After Alpha Tauri and Pirelli were at our track for development earlier this year, now McLaren and Alpine have visited AIA for the second time. The opportunity given to us by Alpine to open the stands is fantastic, and we have to thank them for it. I’m sure that on July 12 and 13 we will have many motorsport and Formula 1 enthusiasts in our stands,” said Paulo Pinheiro, the racetrack’s CEO.