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PADDOCK PASS: The drivers’ excitement builds as they prepare for Portimao’s F1 debut

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Formula 1’s drivers are preparing to tackle their second brand-new circuit of 2020, as the F1 circus arrives at the awesomely undulating Portimao track, ahead of the return of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Excitement at taking on the Algarve venue was uppermost in most drivers’ thoughts on Thursday then. But there was big news sweeping through the paddock, too, with the announcement that Haas will replace drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen with a box-fresh line-up for 2021 – leaving those drivers to consider their futures beyond the end of this season.

READ MORE: Grosjean surprised that both he and Magnussen were dropped by Haas

For all the reaction to that, plus plenty more driver market chatter and thoughts on the new-to-F1 venue, check out the Portuguese Grand Prix preview edition of Paddock Pass in the video up top – or head to Spotify for a podcast version of Thursday’s round-up from Portimao.

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