Grand Prix

Bahrain Grand Prix

Circuit length
5.412 km
rounds count
fastest lap

About the Bahrain Grand Prix

The Formula 1 season begins with the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Bahrain International Circuit is located about 30 kilometres outside the capital Manama. During the race weekend, the Sakhir desert not only pushes engines to the limit, but drivers also have to keep their heads cool while it is hot as hell and dark! In 2023, the only F1 pre-season test will take place at the same venue. 

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The 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix

After three days of testing in Bahrain, the drivers have had enough time to get used to the hot desert weather. They have to, as the first race of the Formula 1 calendar immediately calls for them to drive as fast as possible on the straights. Bahrain is characterised by four long stretches of straight asphalt where the most powerful engines will come to the forefront.

In 2004 the Formula One drivers raced at the circuit for the first time, then as the third GP on the Formula One calendar after the Chinese Grand Prix. At the time, it was the first Formula One race in the Middle East. The race was run in daylight, but since the 2014 race, they have been waiting for the sun to set in order to race at night.

Hermann Tilke, the world-famous circuit designer did another interesting job. The Bahrain track was one of the first in a long series of new F1 circuits. Characteristic of course are the straights where the engine is more important than the chassis: the test to see which of the four engine manufacturers has made the most progress over the winter!

What will the Bahrain Grand Prix race weekend look like?

The race in Bahrain will be held in early March. The race will be run under the artificial lights hanging over the track and the winners will celebrate late into the night. It is tipped as one of the best 'would be' venues for a sprint race, but it's position as number one on the calendar ends those hopes. Friday practice sessions will take place on the 3rd March, at 11:30 and then 15:00 UK time. Qualifying takes place on Saturday 4th March at 15:00, with the race on the 5th March. 

What time does the Bahrain Grand Prix start?

As in previous years, the Bahrain GP can be followed live on GPblog from half an hour before the start of the race. The start time of the Bahrain Grand Prix is 15:00 UK time and the race can also be followed live on your local TV service