Built near the beach resort of Estoril in 1972, this 4.3km track saw some race action in its infancy but fell into disrepair until 1984 when it was re-developed. In that same year it witnessed the closest ever championship finish of an F1 season, as Niki Lauda edged out McLaren team-mate Alain Prost by just 1/2 a point. Yes just 1/2 a point!
The circuit also provided another spectacle in 1996 when rookie Jacque Villeneuve passed Michael Schumacher ’round the outside’, on a corner where overtaking is just simply not done, mein heir. Although not on the F1 GP calendar now, it regularly sees teams winter testing and also hosts rounds of DTM, A1GP and MotoGP.
By Phil Clark