Bahrain Grand Prix 2024: (GP) Date, Time, How to Watch & More

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The Bahrain Grand Prix 2024 is set to take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The event will unfold over 57 laps of the 5.412-kilometre Circuit. The weekend schedule includes practice and qualifying sessions, with Practice 1 and Practice 2 occurring on Thursday, February 29, Practice 3 and Qualifying on Friday, March 1, and the main race event on Saturday, March 2. The official start time for the race is presumed to be at 3:00 PM GMT, but this has yet to be officially announced.

The Bahrain Grand Prix will be the first race of the 2024 F1 season, continuing its tradition of being one of the early races in the F1 calendar since its inception in 2004. The 2024 edition of the race will be held as a night race, which has been the case since 2014 when it was first held under floodlights to mark its 10th anniversary. The race weekend’s schedule has been adjusted to accommodate the Muslim holy period of Ramadan, with the race taking place on a Saturday.

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Bahrain Grand Prix 2024 Race Details

The event spans 57 laps of the 5.412-kilometre Circuit, totaling a race distance of 308.238 km.

Key Information:

First Grand Prix at the Circuit: 2004
Circuit Length: 5.412 km
Total Race Distance: 308.238 km
Lap Record: 1:31.447 by Pedro de la Rosa in 2005

Weekend Schedule:

Thursday, February 29, 2024: Practice 1 and Practice 2
Friday, March 1, 2024: Practice 3 and Qualifying
Saturday, March 2, 2024: Main Race Event

The Bahrain Grand Prix has been a night race since 2014, enhancing the spectacle with the Circuit illuminated under floodlights. This change was initially made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event and has continued since.

Viewing Options:

The race will be broadcast on various platforms, including ESPN2 for Thursday and Friday events and ESPN for the primary race on Saturday. Streaming options are available through ESPN+, F1TV, and FuboTV.

MethodChannel/ServiceSubscription RequiredGeographic RestrictionsAdditional Notes
Cable/SatelliteESPN (USA)YesUSAAvailable on most cable packages
Sky Sports F1 (UK)YesUKAlso available via Now TV
Fox Sports (Australia)YesAustralia
StreamingF1 TV ProYesSelect countriesOffers live races and replays
ESPN+YesUSALive races and highlights
Sky GoYesUKFor Sky Sports subscribers
Kayo Sports (Australia)YesAustraliaSports-focused streaming service
Mobile AppsF1 TV AppYesSelect countriesLive races, replays, and more
On-DemandHulu + Live TVYesUSAIncludes ESPN for live viewing
YouTube TVYesUSAIncludes channels broadcasting F1

Circuit Characteristics:

The Bahrain International Circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, is known for its technical layout and the challenges it poses to drivers. Key features include the tight, downhill, off-camber Turn ten left-hander and the fast run through Turn 12. The Circuit’s design facilitates overtaking and has been the scene for many memorable races since its inauguration.

Spectator Information:

For those attending, the Batelco grandstand offers excellent views of the cars charging into Turn 8 and through Turns 9 and 10. Another popular viewing area is the grandstand outside Turns 1 and 2, a hotspot for overtaking.

The Bahrain Grand Prix 2024 promises to be an exciting start to the Formula 1 season, with teams and drivers eager to set the tone for the year ahead.

Adjustments for Ramadan:

The 2024 edition of the Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled on a Saturday, deviating from the traditional Sunday race day. This adjustment accommodates the Muslim holy period of Ramadan. The scheduling also influences the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, ensuring a minimum of seven days between the races as per FIA regulations.

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