F1 says Portugal will host the third grand prix of the year.

Formula 1 has secured confirmation that Portugal can host the third grand prix of the 2021 season on 2 May.

Portugal is on the UK red list of countries that are a heightened risk in the pandemic because of the emergence of new coronavirus variants.

But F1 bosses have committed to the race at Portimao following talks with race organisers.

The news will be reported to every Formula One team during Thursday’s meeting of the F1 commission, in which a proposal for three Saturday sprint races ¬†will also be put to a vote.

The Portimao circuit was drafted in for the 2020 season to hold its inaugural Grand Prix last October as the sport desperately looked to salvage the calendar amid the pandemic.

The race saw Lewis Hamilton reign supreme for the 92nd time, breaking Michael Schumacher’s previous record for most Formula One Grand Prix wins.

More changes to the 2021 calendar could occur with the Australian Grand Prix curtain-raiser having already moved back from March to November and China postponed from its April slot.

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