Filipe Albuquerque

24h of Le Mans


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21 – 22 August

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

WEC FIA World Endurance Championship

United Autosports

18th Place

Going to Le Mans with United for the past 5 years has been very special. We have been staying in a beautiful Chateau, about half an hour from the track. Whenever I get there, I like to see the gates open to the astonishing palace, a sense of calm before the storm. I think it’s a place that gives me good vibes and the right atmosphere for the weekend. Besides being super comfortable, I can even rest when I come back from the track. I arrived with more bags than usual because my family arrived the following week after the test. It gave me a special pleasure to prepare my daughters’ suitcase and even go to the supermarket to have their cookies and favorite snacks waiting. It was like being at home.

I went to Le Mans as the 24h winner. On the one hand, it relieved a lot of pressure because I already won this race, on the other hand I also wanted to defend that title. This year we went a week earlier because, for the first time, the pre-test took place on the Sunday before the race. I got there also a little bit earlier because of all the bureaucracy and covid checks that were needed to get the pass to the event.

United had 3 good cars for the race. We (#22) were candidates for victory not only because Phil Hanson and I won last year but also because me, Phil and Fabio had won Spa and Monza for the championship (WEC). It was Fabio’s first time at Le Mans and it was important that he did as many laps as possible to get to know the track – although you only learn Le Mans during the race.

Surprisingly, there were no changes in the track from last year to this year. I ran the track with Fabio and I felt that  every lap you do at Le Mans is always very special. It’s hard to explain, it’s something you just feel when you’re there. I can’t say which part of the track I like better because it’s the pace of the entire track and the high speeds that make each lap so special but of course the Porsche corners are the fastest and most technical. I like racing in Le Mans during the day or at night, there are different challenges. At night there’s the feeling that it’s just me and the engineer who are awake, we’re doing something we like, there’s a feeling of loneliness because we don’t see anything else, just the corners, we don’t even talk as much at night. In fact, there’s not that much to say because most of the teams just want to survive the night and almost every driver is pro, the gentlemen drivers are all asleep.

We were happy with the outcome of the pre-test, we were constantly in the top 5 and we felt satisfied with our pace. Over the past few years, Phil has become an experienced driver and, on top of that, I trust him when he is behind the wheel. Fabio adapted well to the track despite having had two incidents but none of the three of us lacked pace.

Between the pre-test and the race we had 2 days off. I picked up my family from the airport and it was like we were on vacation in Le Mans. We were staying at a hotel with a swimming pool, the weather helped and it seemed that we were disconnected from everything and not in the week of the 24h of Le Mans. It was good to have the family for the first time in Le Mans, to see Carolina and Maria playing with Paul di Resta’s children and finding their own language to communicate, it was great to have Joana with me again in Le Mans and to have that support from her, being able to talk to her every moment of the weekend. During the race days, I was with my family when I woke up and at meals whenever I could. It was good to go to the track with my whole family for the first time.

On Wednesday, the free practice began. We started very well, our pace was good and the expectation was high for the weekend. When it came to qualifying, it was clear that our goal was to qualify among the top six so that we could enter the hyperpole, a special qualifying session that defines the top 6 places on the Le Mans grid. I got traffic when I went for my first qualifying lap and on the second lap I got FCY (full-course yellow). At that moment we didn’t have a single lap but we knew this could happen and we had two more new sets of tires. I came to the garage, changed tires, and made another attempt to qualify the car up front. On the first lap, I hit traffic again and on the second lap, despite having a good distance to the next car, two GTs left the pits and ruined my lap, my chance to qualify at the front. This time I kept pushing because we needed a qualifying lap, although far from what we could do. I came to the garage, we had another set of new tires and Phil (Hanson) made one last attempt at qualifying the car and unfortunately he also caught traffic.

We ended up qualifying in 12th, out of the top 6 which would give us the opportunity to go to hyperpole and fight for pole position. I was very upset that I had a fantastic car and that I qualified poorly, not because of anyone’s fault but because of the circumstances of many drivers on the track. What made me most upset was the lack of ethics of drivers who left the pits and ruined that particular lap of mine when they were on their exit lap from the pits. This is something that really frustrates me, it is not and has never been a matter of ego but rather a matter of principle, my way of being on the tracks and in life which is paying attention to others and not just looking after myself.

From here we focused more on the race setup and, once again, in practice, we were on an excellent pace and got back into the top five. Everything was well underway, everything ready for the race. Not only me, but also Phil and Fabio, we were all doing a good job and we knew we were still one of the great candidates for victory.

I made the start. It started to rain just before the start, on the pre-grid. It was raining a lot, we were starting from the middle of the pack, which is never the ideal situation, so my priority was clear: not having a scratch on the car, regardless of wasting time or not. We knew that we had a competitive car, three very fast drivers, a good team and that, above all, it wouldn’t rain anymore.

In the first stint, I didn’t feel comfortable with the car, I could easily lose control and there were many drivers spinning and falling backwards, simply trying to gain five or six seconds but losing a lot when there was still more than 23h until the end. I lost a lot of positions but I knew I was being cautious. When I came to the first stop, we changed from intermediate tires to slicks and then, with the track drying, I started to impose my pace. I started to make up for the time and positions I had lost and in the fourth stint I handed the car over to my teammate Phil Hanson in the front seats. From there, I got into my routine which is eating, sleeping, getting dressed and racing again.

During the race we had some bad luck with the slow zones but we kept chasing the leaders. We were comfortably in 3rd, about a minute and a half away from p1. When I was going to do my 5am stint, just a lap before Fabio entered the pit, the engineers saw that we had a battery power failure that needed to be repaired, otherwise the car would stop. We all know that in Le Mans, when you put your car in the garage, you can hardly come back to win. We changed the alternator, we changed the car lune and, finally, as nothing was yet working, we ended up changing the battery and finally solving the problem. With all this, we were in the garage for an hour and a half. From then on, the car was great but the goal was now to finish the race to get the world championship points. I did my three stints and didn’t drive anymore, I left the car to Fabio, who was a rookie at Le Mans, and to Phil, to drive and gain more experience.

I was disappointed but not too sad with this result. I know that a 24 hour race has to be perfect to be able to win it. There are a lot of things that don’t depend on us and this year, although we had good chances again, what took us out of the race was simply a battery. It wasn’t a mechanical failure, it was just a part that came out defective.

I saw the car that really deserved the win lost this race with an electronic problem on the last lap. Those drivers and that team have the right to be sad this year.

Next year there will be more Le Mans and I will be there again with United.

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6h of Monza

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17 – 18 July

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza

WEC FIA World Endurance Championship

United Autosports

1st Place

We decided to go to Monza as a family, me and my wife Joana and our daughters, Carolina and Maria. It was the first trip out of the country together after the pandemic and the first time my daughter Maria went to a race. Monza has a special affection for me: I’ve lived in Italy, I’ve raced this track many times and I have many friends there, like Emilio Radaelli who helped me in the past, at Audi, whom I always like to be with. We always continued with an excellent relationship and I will never forget those who always helped and supported me.

Monza is a track I know very well and I felt super motivated. We were coming from a big victory in Spa, the first race of the world championship and the ambition was to win again.

Free practice started very well, I was the fastest in the first session and, although we weren’t the fastest in the second free practice, we were confident that pole position was possible. It was important to get the perfect lap in qualifying because we were all very close to each other.

In the qualifying session, another driver in our class had an accident, caused a red flag and this mishap brought different strategies from some teams. We had decided to do one lap on the first set of tires and two laps on the second set of tires. On my first attempt I was 4th but I knew I had more to improve with the second set of new tires but the red flag came when I went out on the track which was not ideal for the tire temperature. We were ready to try one more time as soon as it turned green again but there was only time for a single lap. I did my best but I knew it wasn’t ideal because in Monza the second lap is the best lap for the tires. I improved my time but was 2nd, three hundredths off pole position. Starting from second was still an excellent starting point but it was a result that just hurted my ego a little bit. Of course I knew it wouldn’t affect the 6 hour race.

Phil started the race and made an excellent start. He managed to go to the lead and made his two stints always leading, conserving the car and saving fuel. When I entered, we had a pit stop that went wrong and we dropped to 2nd.

From there, it was a very tough race, our pace was identical to the leader, we were only five seconds away. The leader made a pit stop a lap earlier than us and at that very moment a safety car entered. We knew right there that we had lost our race. Let me explain: as the WRT car (which was the leader of the race) had already made its pit stop, with the safety car coming in we would all regroup and I would still have to make my 30-second fuel stop. Even with a quick pit stop, our car would be 50 seconds away from our rivals with about 3 hours and a half to go. Fortunately for us, they didn’t take advantage of the so-called pass around (the championship rule that allows you to pass the safety car, go around the track and regroup) and they basically lost a lap. At the end of the safety car, I made my pit stop and was now first, leading the race 40 seconds ahead of the WRT. It was going to be a very close race but it turned out to be an easy race for us due to our opponents’ strategy mistake. From there we just had to manage the race.

In addition to winning, we were also 3rd overall, with an LMP2. What made me most satisfied in this third overall was that I won two cups and had one for each of my daughters. They felt so happy and special while holding each cup with their tiny hands.

It was a spectacular race weekend, with the family, this is what I consider a perfect weekend. It ended up with a dinner with Richard Dean, his wife Alice, Joana and our daughters, at a table near Sam Hignett, the owner of Jota’s team, where I raced a few years ago and who is now a big rival of ours. Our daughters were playing with Sam’s daughter while we had dinner, this is the other side of racing.

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Road America

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06 – 06 August

Road America

IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship

Wayne Taylor Racing

4th Place

Road America is located in the state of Wisconsin, 2 hours from Chicago, a city that I think is beautiful. It’s a special track, the layout is amazing. When I talk about the tracks that I enjoy the most to drive, Road America is in my top 10.

Going to Chicago is usually simple, there is a direct flight from Lisbon to Chicago but this time, as it has happened many times in this past pandemic year, there is a story to tell. When I was about to board, a huge complication arose with my authorization to enter the United States. I was told that my passport appeared in the system as lost or stolen. I tried to justify that it was impossible because I had my passport right there, I was holding it in my hand. I explained that it could only be a system error and that I travel regularly to the United States but they even told me that it could be a case for Interpol and, in the end, they wouldn’t let me on board.

When I was walking away from the boarding gate, I received a call saying that the situation was solved and that I could finally board. I turned back but the boarding bridge had already been removed. I saw the plane leave and I stayed on the ground. They moved me to a plane the day after, but I ended up with a stopover in New York instead of the direct flight to Chicago. Getting to Road America was anything but easy.

After Watkins Glen 240 we had found a nice car setup that made me very happy and confident so I felt really motivated to go to this race.

The weather was quite uncertain, it rained a lot before the first practice session. I started the session and left the car in 2nd, by a very small margin for the leader; Ricky (Taylor) was only able to do 3 laps due to red flags. The second session was dry and, finally, I could see how the car behaved in these conditions. I started by doing 6 laps and was immediately super happy, even though I haven’t raced in Road America for 2 years, I felt good right away. I left the car in first and when I stopped I told the engineer that I was happy and that we could already change drivers and give Ricky some laps because he had driven very little up until that moment.

Ricky also started to drive very well right away and, in the final part, he put on new tires and improved the fastest lap even more. We ended this session in 1st with a time that made us confident for qualifying.

It started to rain heavily again just before the qualifying session. I was supposed to qualify but we figured that if the race was wet, Ricky would have driven very little on the wet track and we wanted to give him the best feeling possible in these conditions. He did an excellent lap, he was the best Acura but he didn’t get the Pole Position, this one went to a Cadillac.

For the race, Ricky had to start because he had qualified. He made an excellent start, left the front row of the grid, but in turn 1, despite giving space to his opponent, he couldn’t move into first. From here we started a very steady race, Ricky super fast but unable to overtake the Cadillac that was running first and Mazda right behind him. He did his 2 stints always glued to the leader. My turn came and the challenge was exactly the same. I was always close to the leader but with no opportunity to pass him. On my last stint, with 25 minutes left in the race, I had a little contact with the Mazda that was running in 3rd. It was a typical racing incident, but enough to have a slow puncture. I had to come to the pits to change the tire and, at this point, there was nothing we could do. We dropped to 5th position and there were only 15 laps to go. We even recovered up to 4th and got some precious points for the championship.

So far, this was perhaps the race where we had the best pace compared to our competitors, and yet it was one of our worst races in terms of results. With this result, we continued to lead the championship but by a very small margin.

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Laguna Seca

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10 – 12 September

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship

Wayne Taylor Racing

1st Place

After Road America, where we had a good car to win and a good car setup, there was already a lot of motivation to go to Laguna Seca. Laguna’s features were also advantageous for our car so the whole team was really looking forward to this one.

Going to Laguna Seca is always a long journey and now also harder because of the covid. I took a flight to New York and, despite having a long connection to San Francisco, I almost missed the connection  flight because I was held up for 3 hours at Customs, simply waiting for them to check my passport. I met Ricky and Wayne in San Francisco. In the morning we went to have breakfast and talked about the importance of winning in Laguna, about the future and how everything was going well for us this year. We caught Jordan Taylor on the way and we all went on, as a family, me as an adopted son, to Laguna Seca. I also went for a track run with Ricky, it has been our tradition, our routine.

We went to Laguna with a lot of desire to win but also with a lot of pressure. There were only 3 races left in the championship and the difference between the 3 strongest cars in the championship was very small, so all races counted as if they were a final. We knew that on this track we were going to be competitive and we would have to seize the opportunity to score the maximum, that is pole position and victory, because next would come Long Beach which is a track that is not so favorable for us.

The track is iconic, very slippery because it has a lot of sand and loose dirt in the asphalt. It has a very emblematic corner, the Corkscrew, which is really special if you do it right. All this brought even more appetite and desire to have a victory in the pocket there.

During those days in California I was able to have dinner with racing friends like Randy Owen, Will Owen and Toni Calderon, a friendship that started in 2016 and continued into 2017, when Will was my teammate at ELMS. Since then we’ve been great friends and we always have a good time together.

For this race, it was decided that I was going to qualify. We started free practice with a fast car and I did the fastest lap in the first session. Above all, the feeling was good. We tried to improve the car for the second free practice, made a few changes and, despite improving the car, we were the third fastest car, two tenths off the best. Interestingly, the top 3 were exactly our direct rivals, Mazda and the #31 Cadillac, which made the pressure for qualifying much higher. Clearly everything was yet to be decided.

We all knew the importance of starting from pole position, not only because of the points but mainly because turn 1 at Laguna Seca was to the left and it was important to start in the interior for that turn. When I was going to the car, heading to the qualifying session, I was going to put on my helmet and Wayne Taylor called me. I thought he wanted to tell me something unimportant but he asked me if I knew that pole position gave me points. Of course I started laughing. Up until that moment the pressure was high but then it got even higher.

I ended up doing the qualifying lap quite early, it was a good lap that put us first, I felt it wasn’t worth it to continue using the tires and I went back to the garage. I spent 3 minutes in such an unbelievable suspense, waiting for everyone to finish their pole position attempts. I ended up taking pole, two hundredths of a second from the second fastest car.

I made a good start without any major problems, the car was very good. I started to gain an advantage over everyone and got to a comfortable margin in the first part of the race. In my second stint we put on new tires and everything was going well but I started to have difficulties in the rear of the car and it became more and more difficult to drive. That’s when the engineer told me we were having temperature problems in the rear brakes. This was causing the tires to overheat. I started to think that we weren’t going to win the race despite the excellent car. 15 laps later I came to the box and switched drivers with Ricky. At this point, I even felt sorry for him because it was going to be very difficult to drive this car. But at this pit stop, the mechanics were able to understand that the problem was just dirt, a bit of rubber that was blocking the air intake of the brakes. That was taken care of, the car was great again, Ricky gave it even more advantage and we ended up winning with twenty seconds ahead.

Everyone in the team was very happy, we hadn’t won for 3 races. Put this way, it seems that we were a team with bad results but the truth is that we were the team that had more victories (3). This attitude of ours not only shows our ambition to win the championship but every race.

We were happy for the win but mainly because we didn’t miss this opportunity, we grabbed the chance to have a perfect weekend when we had to.

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Long Beach

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24 – 25 September

Long Beach Street Circuit

IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship

Wayne Taylor Racing

4th Place

The trip to Long Beach is long and it takes two big flights. This year I needed to get there earlier than usual because this race is sponsored by Acura (which is based in Torrance), we had a pretty busy PR events program and I wanted to take it easy to fight jet lag fatigue and be at my best for all those days.

For this race my teammate Ricky Taylor and I, we presented our helmets with a special design to mark this home race, with a visual that was very different from what we usually wear every year. I felt that there was a lot of attention on us because we were leading the championship and also because it was Acura’s home race. It was good to be back to a race weekend with a lot of people, the moments in close contact with the audience and partners were really successful.

It’s always nice to be in Los Angeles, it’s a big city, always lots of stuff to do. On the first day, I met Phil Hanson, my WEC (Endurance World Championship) teammate, who was there on vacation. I also had time to relax, to walk around the city a bit and to go for a bike ride in Venice Beach. The next day, Ricky arrived and we walked around Los Angeles and lived the American dream with an NSX, a supercar that Acura made available to us for that weekend.

Long Beach is a track that everyone, every team, every driver, wants to win. In all seasons, it’s a special race because it’s a street circuit, it happens on a weekend with lots of action, with lots to do and it’s Acura’s home race. On the other hand, we knew that it was not a track that favored us because it has bumps and slow corners and those were the weak points of our car.

Free practice started out tough, even harder than we expected. I started and did my part of the free practice and Ricky couldn’t even drive because there was a red flag and the session ended there. We ended up 1.3 seconds slower than the fastest car and there wasn’t much we could do to improve. In the second practice, although we were working to optimize our pace as much as possible, we improved a little bit but we were still 1.1 seconds behind the best car.

I was left with the task of qualifying and the aim was to be the best non-Cadillac car. I feel like I did my best and that the car was good, but I was still 8 tenths off pole position in 5th place and 2 hundredths off the other Acura car.

For the race, everything can haappen between walls and with traffic, but we were completely at the mercy of others’ misfortunes – that would be our eventual luck. At that moment in the championship, we were only concentrating on car #31 because it was our main rival and they were starting from pole position and we were in 5th.
I made an excellent start, managed to go from 5th to the front, discussed 2nd place with car #01 which managed to get the better of it and I fell back to 3rd. From there, our race was simply about fighting the weaker Cadillac and the Mazda, the rest of the Cadillacs were on another level.

I delivered the car in 4th, Ricky did his job but this was a race with no big story because we couldn’t do more than what we did. The 3 Cadillacs were 40 seconds ahead and we managed to get the car all the way to the end, finishing 4th. Unfortunately, the #31 won the race.

We knew it was going to be difficult but we weren’t sad because we did the best we could. The last race will be great for the fans and for the championship, at this stage the dispute for the title is raging, we are separated from our rivals by a mere 19 points, which is nothing. We have to go to the last race at Petit Le Mans attacking and not defending the championship.

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Spain11,09€11,79€14,59€15,99€
Germany12,49€14,59€18,79€27,19€
Austria15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Belgium15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Bulgaria19,49€21,59€25,79€34,19€
Croatia15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Denmark24,39€27,89€32,09€40,49€
Slovakia15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
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Portugal6,89€7,24€7,59€8,64€
Spain11,09€11,79€14,59€15,99€
Germany12,49€14,59€18,79€27,19€
Austria15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Belgium15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Bulgaria19,49€21,59€25,79€34,19€
Croatia15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Denmark24,39€27,89€32,09€40,49€
Slovakia15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Slovenia15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Estonia19,49€21,59€25,79€34,19€
Finland24,39€27,89€32,09€40,49€
France15,99€18,79€22,99€31,39€
Greece22,99€24,39€29,29€37,69€
Hungary15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Ireland19,49€21,59€25,79€34,19€
Italy18,09€22,29€29,29€43,29€
Latvia19,49€21,59€25,79€34,19€
Lithuania19,49€21,59€25,79€34,19€
Luxembourg15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Netherlands15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Poland15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
United Kingdom19,49€21,59€25,79€34,19€
Czech Republic15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Romania15,99€18,79€22,29€30,69€
Sweden24,39€27,89€32,09€40,49€

Delivery times:

Mainland Portugal: 2 working days

Islands: up to 3 weeks

Europe: 3 to 5 business days

Important note: Delivery times are estimated and not guaranteed by the shipping company.

We can only help after that time. If you prefer, contact my team by email at info@filipealbuquerque.com.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

1. Who produces the merchandising?

All clothing and headwear are produced by Moradness, a clothing manufacturer specialized in lifestyle garments in motorsports. Daniel Morad and Jessica Hofman are the two faces bedind the brand, well known in the paddocks and it made sense to go forward with them for the production of the t-shirts, hoodies and caps.

The race posters are (proudly) printed in Coimbra, my hometown.

2. What are the products made of?

The easiest answer is: comfortable materials. I travel a lot and so I like to wear clothing and accessories that make me feel good and comfy.

T-shirts: 95% cotton + 5% spandex, 180gsm

Hoodies: 100% cotton with soft fleece, 325gsm 

Caps: 100% cotton

Posters: semi gloss finish paper, 140g

3. How can I take care of my clothing and headwear?

Clothing

– Always wash inside out to preserve the printing as long as possible.

– Wash in machine cold (30) on delicate.

– Hang dry. No tumble dry as it is cotton and it will shrink.

– We recommend using the dryer machine only once the clothes are dry. Putting them in the dryer for a few minutes will bring back the softness of the fabric.

Headwear

– Gently wash with soap and water using a soft brush to remove dirt or stain.

– Let air dry. Some people wash their hats in the washing machine on delicate but we don’t recommend it as it could damage the round shape of the hat.

– You can use hot steam to get back the initial shape.

4. Is there a size guide?

Tabela de tamanhos

5. I didn’t get a confirmation e-mail of my order, what should I do?

Start by checking your spam folder to see if the confirmation email was mistakenly filtered. If you can’t find it, get in touch with my team, by email, to shop@filipealbuquerque.com and we’ll be happy to help you.

6. How long does it take for a pre-order product to become available?

All pre-order products are already in production but you need to wait for the estimated time of launch for my team to start handling your orders.

Please consider that whenever you make a pre-order purchase, the credit or debit card is authorized and charged for the total amount of your order.

7. Can I place an order with both in stock and pre-order products?

Yes, you can. Your order will be shipped when all your ordered products are available. If you  wish to receive your purchased items in two or more partial deliveries, please get in touch with my  team, by email, to shop@filipealbuquerque.com. In this case additional shipping fees will be applied.

8. Can I ask for an autographed card with a dedication?

Each order includes an autographed card and a sticker. It is possible to ask for a small dedication on the card, just get in touch with my team, by e-mail, to shop@filipealbuquerque.com. In these cases, I do not guarantee the delivery deadlines because I may be out of the country and it may take a few extra days to be able to deal with this matter. This is the difference between a simple copy or an order that is delivered with a personal touch.

9. What are discount codes?

In some special moments, I can announce discount codes that will be advertised on my social media. These codes allow you to get a discount on the value of each item.

Discount codes have a defined time period for their use, so it is not worth using previous discount codes because they have expired.

To benefit from the discount, simply enter the corresponding code when you are checking out.

10. What means of payment are accepted?

Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

11. Is the payment  secure?

To ensure payment security, third parties were subcontracted to host and provide means of payment, in order to safeguard the security of all customers’ personal data. Online security is a serious matter and we do not store any financial information about any of our customers on our servers.

12. Where do you ship?

We ship with DHL to all EU countries (except Cyprus)* and the UK..
If you have any problems you can email my team at shop@filipealbuquerque.com. If my team faces any challenge in sending an order, they will contact you to find the best possible solution.
We do not ship to PO Boxes.

*EU countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal , Czech Republic, Romania, Spain and Sweden.

13. How much does shipping cost?

The price for the shipping can be consulted here.

14. When will my order arrive?

From the date they are shipped, orders have an estimated delivery time of 48 hours in mainland Portugal, 3 to 5 working days for other European countries and up to 3 weeks for islands (especially islands with fewer connections, according to the information provided to us by the transport company).
If you are not at home during delivery hours (which is from Monday to Friday, during working hours), I recommend that you indicate an alternative address as a signature may be requested at the time of delivery.

15. What if I refuse to pick up or accept the order?


In this case, you will be responsible for any fees that may occur and for shipping the order back to our Portuguese address. This amount will be withdrawn when we refund your order.

16. What happens if my order is returned to the sender?


If your order has been returned to our store, you will be responsible for repaying the shipping costs so that we can ship it again. If the order is not claimed within 8 days, you will be responsible for any fees that may occur and for shipping the order to our Portuguese address. This amount will be withdrawn when we refund your order.

17. Is it necessary to pay any additional fees in addition to the order amount?

No fees will apply on orders shipped to European Union countries. However please consider that we are not responsible for other amounts, fees or costs that you may incur in international orders.

The only added cost to any order is the shipping fee that differs from country to country.

18. What should I do if I entered the wrong delivery address or if I want to change the address I indicated initially?

We do not have any responsibility for incorrect addresses. Once you detect this error, please contact my team, by email, at shop@filipealbuquerque.com to update your order, only in cases where it has not yet been shipped.

19. What if I receive an order that is damaged or missing an item?

Please contact my team by email at shop@filipealbuquerque.com. We are happy to replace a faulty item or send you the correct product if you have received something you did not order. If the ordered product is no longer in stock we will refund it.

20. How are exchanges and returns processed?

It is possible to return the item(s) within 14 days from the delivery date. It is not possible to make exchanges.

Exchanges

It is not possible to exchange any product and the reason is quite simple: as there are few units of each item, I cannot guarantee that, at the time of exchange, there is availability of another size or another desired product.

I understand that you may feel frustrated if you don’t get a specific product, so my team is here to help, please contact us by email at shop@filipealbuquerque.com to see how we can help.


Returns


The return of any item must reach our address (Rua Gomes Freire 83, 3000-204 Coimbra, Portugal) within a maximum period of 14 days after you received it.

We recommend that you use a shipping method that allows tracking, as we are not responsible for the loss of your return.

To return an order, just follow these steps:

1. Start by confirming that the item(s) do not show any signs of use.

2. Then place it in our package and enclose a copy of the receipt with your name and order number.

3. Use a tracking shipping option, as we are not responsible for the loss of any order. If you live outside the European Union, you must indicate on the customs declaration that this is a refund and that the value is 0 euros.

4. Returned orders that do not comply with these requirements may cause a delay in the return processing and/or the impossibility of executing the refund.

5. After my team receives the returned items, please allow up to 10 days to receive your refund.

6. As always, my team is always available to help with any question, just contact us by email at shop@filipealbuquerque.com.

21. I don’t know where my order is, can you help me?


I suggest you start by confirming the estimated delivery times here.

We can only help after that time. If you prefer, contact my team by email at shop@filipealbuquerque.com.

22. Is there a customer service line?

Any question about an order, articles or about our website must be sent to my team, by email, to shop@filipealbuquerque.com who will respond within a maximum period of one week, between Monday and Friday, on period between 9:30 am and 5 pm (Portuguese time).

Size Chart

T-Shirts

Garment Size CM

SMLXL
Length70 cm72cm74 cm77 cm
Width54 cm56 cm58 cm60 cm
Sleeve Length20 cm22 cm23 cm24 cm

Garment Size INCHES

SMLXL
Length27.5 in28.5 in29.5 in30.5 in
Width21 in22 in23 in24 in
Sleeve Length8 in8.5 in9 in9.5 in

Hoodies

Measure your length and width with a measuring tape. Pick the size that matches the size guide below:

Garment Size CM

SMLXL
Length (shoulder to bottom)70 cm72cm74 cm77 cm
Width (under arm to under arm)55 cm57 cm59 cm61 cm
Sleeve Length (shoulder to wrist)64 cm65 cm66 cm68 cm

Garment Size INCHES

SMLXL
Length (shoulder to bottom)27.5 in28.5 in29.5 in30.5 in
Width (under arm to under arm)21.5 in22.5 in23.5 in24.5 in
Sleeve Length (shoulder to wrist)25 in25.5 in26 in26.5 in