Circuito da Boavista

Circuito da Boavista is a street circuit in Porto, Portugal, which was used twice for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix. The original course began at the harbor-front "Esplanada do Rio de Janeiro", continued on "Avenida da Boavista", (hence the circuit's name), and then twisted its way through small neighborhoods back to the start-finish line.

Circuito da Boavista
Layout of Revival Circuit

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Original Layout of Circuito da Boavista
LocationPorto, Portugal
Time zoneGMT
Opened1950 (re-opened 2005)
Closed2013 (firstly closed 1960)
Major eventsFIA WTCC Race of Portugal (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix (1958, 1960)
Revival Circuit (2005-2013)
Length4.800 km (2.983 mi)
Race lap record2:05.846 (United Kingdom Robert Huff, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, 2011, WTCC)
Original Grand Prix Circuit (1950-1960)
Length7.406 km (4.602 mi)
Race lap record2:27.53 (United Kingdom John Surtees, Lotus 18, 1960, Formula One)

The first Grand Prix was held in 1958, and saw an act of sportsmanship by Stirling Moss. Moss came to the defense of his countryman and title rival Mike Hawthorn, who faced a penalty for having driven towards oncoming traffic after a spin. Moss persuaded the stewards not to disqualify Hawthorn, who retained his second place and 6 points. Hawthorn eventually won the drivers championship by 1 point over Moss.

The 1960 running was a race of attrition, with only four cars finishing within five laps of winner Jack Brabham. Accidents and mechanical problems ended the day early for future champions John Surtees, Phil Hill, Graham Hill and others.

Season Driver Car/Motor Report
1951 Portugal Casimiro de Oliveira Ferrari Report
1952 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari Report
1953 Portugal José Arroyo Nogueira Pinto Ferrari Report
Not held in 1954
1955 France Jean Behra Maserati Report
Not held in 1956 and 1957
1958 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall Report
Not held in 1959
1960 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Report

Recent yearsEdit

The circuit was revived in 2005, though it was shortened from the original layout, and now measures 4.800 km (2.983 mi).[1] Events are held every two years. Besides the Boavista Historic Grand Prix, there are also races for recent car models. In 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 the track staged the FIA WTCC Race of Portugal, an event which included in its programme European motorsport categories such as International Formula Master and Portuguese national competitions.

In 2015 the Porto City Council decided to suspend the circuit, saying that following a cut in support from Turismo de Portugal, spending about three million euros on the event would be irresponsible.[2]

FIA WTCC Race of Portugal-Boavista
Year Race Driver Manufacturer Report
2007 Race 1   Alain Menu   Chevrolet Report
Race 2   Andy Priaulx   BMW
2009 Race 1   Gabriele Tarquini   SEAT Report
Race 2   Augusto Farfus   BMW
2011 Race 1   Alain Menu   Chevrolet Report
Race 2   Robert Huff   Chevrolet
2013 Race 1   Yvan Muller   Chevrolet Report
Race 2   James Nash   Chevrolet


  1. ^ "Image: o1_rs_circuito%20da%20boavista%202011_painel%20geral__10_a4.JPG, (4734 × 3429 px)". Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  2. ^ "Movimento diz que chegada do eléctrico à marginal mostra que câmara não queria Circuito da Boavista no Porto" (in Portuguese). Público. December 17, 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2021.

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Coordinates: 41°10′13.7″N 8°40′23.7″W / 41.170472°N 8.673250°W / 41.170472; -8.673250