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Why F1’s overdue Portugal return matters

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Why F1’s overdue Portugal return matters

Portugal has been the scene of high drama across many eras in Formula 1, says Ben Edwards, which is why the return of the Portuguese Grand Prix is something to be savoured

The return of the Portuguese Grand Prix gives me goosebumps. In 1985 I watched Ayrton Senna claim his first grand prix victory at Estoril on TV, at a time when I was going through difficult decisions about my own future. For a couple of hours, I lost myself in the majesty of his driving in appallingly wet conditions, thrilled to see Lotus win for the first time since 1982.

Three years later I competed in a support race at the 1988 GP. Estoril was a fabulous circuit to drive - fast and challenging, and at that particular event a key moment occurred in the ever-fermenting relationship between Senna and Alain Prost, in their first season as teammates at McLaren.

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