The Portimao track in Portugal looks set to join the Formula 1 pre-season testing roster next year, as teams close in on finalizing the build-up program to the 2011 campaign.
F1 teams agreed recently that there would remain four official pre-season tests next year from February until early March. Although this year's testing buildup took place exclusively in Spain, for 2011 teams are edging closer seeing Portugal and Bahrain added to the schedule.
F1 teams met in Japan last weekend to make further progress in agreeing to the tests, and they have all-but finalized that the four tests will take place in Barcelona, Jerez, Portimao and Bahrain.
Although the order for the first three tests has not been agreed, it is believed that the Bahrain test will take place on March 3-6, effectively the weekend before the opening race of the 2011 season.