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New Algarve circuit to host Formula One test 24 Oct 2008

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4/23 runs with a nose horn wing. Formula One Testing, Day Four, Jerez, Spain, 25 July 2008. Bridgestone run a tyre with pink wall markings. Formula One Testing 17-19 September 2008. Jerez, Spain.

Portugal’s new Autodromo Internacional Algarve circuit will stage its first Formula One test in December, with McLaren and Honda among those due to attend.

The 4.7-kilometre track, which gained FIA approval earlier this month, is hoping to become a major F1 testing venue capable of rivalling the popular Jerez and Barcelona circuits in neighbouring Spain.

Situated on Portugal’s southern coast, the Algarve Motor Park (its official English translation) features a variable circuit layout and a high-tech sprinkler system able to simulate a wide range of wet-weather track conditions.

The Formula One circuit is just one element of the venue, whose plans also include a technology park, go-kart track, hotel and apartments and a sports complex.

Its inaugural F1 test is scheduled for December 15-17.