Bahrain Grand Prix

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2024 Bahrain Grand Prix

Date29 Feb – 2 March, 2024
LocationSakhir, Bahrain
Number of Laps57
Circuit Length5.412km
Race Distance308.238 km
Lap Record1:31.447 Pedro de la Rosa (2005)

What date is the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix?

The 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix will run from 29 February to 2 March, 2024, at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. In 2024 the race will be held on the Saturday, rather than the traditional Sunday, due to Ramadan.

29 February – Free Practice 1 & 2
1 March – Free Practice 3 & Qualifying
2 March – Race

How much are tickets to the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix?

Tickets to the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix start from $ 173 USD for a three-day pass in the Victory Stand.

The Main Grandstand is, as the name suggests, the main stand facing pit lane, and is also the most expensive, with a cost of $453 USD for a three-day pass.

These are adult prices, while tickets for children between the age of 3 – 12 will automatically receive a 50% discount on all areas (please show ID) when using the link below.

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Where is the Bahrain Grand Prix circuit?

The Bahrain Grand Prix circuit is located in the Sakhir desert at the Bahrain International Circuit, and made history as the first-ever Formula 1 race to be held in the Middle East when it made its debut in 2004.

How do I get to the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix?

Formula One Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit
Formula One Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit

Public transport in Bahrain is limited, and unfortunately doesn’t cater for race fans going to the Bahrain International Circuit for the F1 race weekend. Therefore, the best way to get to the track is by hiring a car or taking a taxi.

There are also free shuttles leaving from several high-end hotels that will take guests straight to the circuit.

Hotels include Gulf Hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Intercontinental Regency, Sofitel, Downtown Rotana, K Hotel, Best Western Plus The Olive, Ramada City Centre, S Hotel, Swiss-Belhotel Seef, Domain Hotel, Wyndham Garden, Crowne Plaza, Diplomat Radisson Blu, Reef Resort & Spa, Sheraton, Jumeirah Royal Saray, Fraser Suites Seef.

How can I bet on the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix?

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How can I watch the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix?

If you’re in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports has the exclusive live broadcasting rights to F1, with the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix race shown live on Sky Sports F1.

If you’re in the USA, ESPN has live broadcasting rights to F1, and will show the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix live.

Depending on your region, you may be able to watch live on F1 TV.

When was Bahrain International Circuit built?

Building began in Sakhir for the Bahrain F1 track at the end of 2002 (December). Clocking in at an estimated $150 million US (approximately 56 million Bahraini Dinars), it took just 16 months to completed and involved importing the tarmac ingredients from England.

Designer Hermann Tilke, an FIA favourite for track design, was given a completely blank canvas to work with as no road or racing tarmac had previously been lain here. The fight to host the first Grand Prix in the Middle East was fierce with Egypt, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates all vying for an opportunity to host the event and secure a future for F1 racing in the region. As well as winning the right to hosting F1 in the Persian Gulf, the Bahrain circuit also provided a home for other motorsport events including GT races, Formula 3, drag races, as well as the Australian V8 Supercar series.

Bahrain International Circuit

When was the first Grand Prix in Bahrain?

The first Bahrain Grand Prix was April 4th 2004. It was the first F1 race to be held in the Middle East. From an organisational standpoint the race went so smoothly it was award the Best Organised Grand Prix by the FIA for that racing season.

What is the length of the Bahrain F1 circuit?

The original build was a technical 5.41 km track (3.36 miles). This is the race length most often used. Drivers complete 57 laps for a total of 308.40 km (191.63) miles. There has been one instance in the track’s history of a longer circuit used. Known as the Endurance Circuit the extension slotted in after turn four and steered drivers through a twisted section of turns, including a hairpin turn, before returning to the original track. The total length of the extended track was 6.3 km (3.91 miles). This track was used in 2010 as part of the F1’s ‘diamond jubilee’ celebrations. Due to driver complaints about the addition it’s continued use was abandoned and the original track put back in play for subsequent races.

Which F1 events are night races?

Singapore and Bahrain are Formula One Grand Prix night races held under floodlights. Bahrain begins at sunset so has partial daylight but is completed after the sun goes down. Unlike the Singapore Grand Prix which was always planned and designed as a night race since the first race in 2008, the Bahrain circuit moved to a night race with the jubilee edition in 2010, and stayed that way. The change is partially to help with driver and spectator comfort in the desert conditions and also to align with European live television event broadcasting.

When is the Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled?

Bahrain hosts the Formula One Grand Prix early in the racing season, usually in the month of March or April.

The Bahrain Grand Prix event started out as the third race on the F1 calendar following Australia and Malaysia. This position mostly held firm from 2004 until 2009. There were exceptions to this, with Bahrain hosting the season-opening race on two occasions. In 2006 a schedule swap took place between Australia and Bahrain for the opening due to a calendar clash with Australia hosting the Commonwealth Games.

Bahrain again hosted the season-opening race in 2010, which included the extended endurance track as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations and the first night race at Sakhir.

In 2009, 2012 and 2013 China hosted the third race on the F1 racing season calendar with Bahrain pushed back to fourth.

The 2011 race was moved to October due to civil unrest, however, due to personnel and logistic issues following the sacking of many of the Grand Prix event organisers.

In 2014 Bahrain resumed its third spot position behind Australia and Malaysia this time with China following in fourth, however, this would only be repeated on one more occasion in 2017.

More recently Bahrain has taken 2nd position on the calendar, between Australia and China for the 2016, 2018 and 2019 seasons. Even with the introduction of new races in the 2020 season, Bahrain continues to host the second race with newcomer Vietnam slotting in third place behind the Gulf Air sponsored event.

Bahrain will play host to the first round of the 2024 FORMULA 1 season.

Formula 1 Testing 2024

What’s it like to drive this circuit?

The track highlights that drivers look forward to is the challenge of executing Turn 10. The downhill left-hander is tight and off-camber while the lightning fast run through Turn 12 gives drivers a chance to feel their car come to life. Overtaking is possible on the Bahrain circuit so drivers are open to fight for position on track making it quite an aggressive run especially at Turn 1, Michael Schumacher Turn where breaking needs to be exact to navigate the tight bend.

The technical track is made all the more difficult for drivers and teams alike with a wide fluctuation of temperatures between sessions making the perfect set-up tricky to find. Desert winds, the glare of the setting sun and subsequent shadows and floodlights also add some challenges.

Is the Bahrain Grand Prix a good one to go to?

Bahrain has been able to treat racing fans to some fantastic dog fights throughout its history. The overtaking ability makes for some thrilling race-long battles that can often keep crowds guessing for place points until the very end. Less than 50% of winners have started on pole with positions repeatedly swapped and won back over the course of the night. For this reason the race action has been dubbed a duel in the desert.

The night racing makes for a stunning show with sparks flying and race colours popping under the bright overhead glow.

Many visitors enjoy the sunshine the archipelago brings as well as the spectacular resort accommodation that offer every luxury imaginable.

An entertaining feature is one of the world’s best go karting venues, located next door to the track for those who want to catch some speed themselves.

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Where is the best place to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix?

With fewer seats than other venues Bahrain limits its capacity to 50,000 compared to China’s 200,000. That said, for value for money the best seats are in the Batelco grandstand between Turn 10 and 11. This spot gives you a great view of four corners, Turn 8, 9, 10 and then run down to the short-apex at Turn 11.

Will the Bahrain Grand Prix be cancelled?

The 2011 Bahrain race was moved to October due to civil unrest and an uprising. Due to personnel and logistic issues following the sacking of many of the Grand Prix event organisers who were reported to have taken part in protests, teams and drivers asked that the postponed race be cancelled, which the FIA allowed.

Civil unrest in the Middle East continues and is ongoing, however, it has never returned to the disruptive heights that cancelled the 2011 event.

While human rights activists and some racing teams pushed for the additional cancellation of the 2012 race due to concerns about the Bahraini authorities abusing the rights of many of its people and concerns for safety, the race went ahead as planned on April 22nd.

Why is the first corner in Bahrain named Michael Schumacher Turn?

The Bahrain Grand Prix organisers decided in 2014 that Turn 1 would be named in respect and admiration of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and also to show support following his debilitating injury which had occurred only a few months prior.

Can you drink alcohol at the Bahrain Grand Prix?

When attending the Bahrain Grand Prix, it’s important to be aware of the local customs and regulations regarding alcohol consumption. While Bahrain does allow the legal sale and consumption of alcohol, public drinking is strictly prohibited. This means that attendees at the Grand Prix will not find alcohol being served openly in general areas.

However, there are designated spaces within the Bahrain International Circuit where alcohol is available. For instance, alcohol can be served within the hospitality spaces, such as the lounges and certain grandstand areas, catering to international guests looking for a more familiar experience.

It’s also worth noting that, in deference to Bahrain’s Islamic culture, the traditional podium celebration with champagne is replaced with a non-alcoholic rosewater drink known as Waard. This is a unique aspect of the Bahrain Grand Prix, respecting local customs while still allowing for a festive celebration.

For those attending the event, it’s crucial to respect these regulations and enjoy the race experience responsibly. If you’re planning to consume alcohol, make sure to do so only within the designated areas and be mindful of the cultural environment.

What is the “Curse” of Bahrain GP Winners?

In the world of Formula 1, superstitions and curses are often discussed in the context of patterns and coincidences that seem to defy explanation. One such superstition is the so-called “Curse of the Bahrain GP Winners.” This refers to a peculiar pattern where drivers who win the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix often do not go on to win the World Championship in the same year.

The pattern has been observed over several seasons, with notable drivers experiencing the curse after taking victory in Bahrain. For instance, since 2017, the winner of the opening race has consistently failed to secure the world title by the season’s end. This has led to speculation and discussions among fans and pundits about whether the curse is a real phenomenon or simply a series of coincidences.

The “curse” gained further attention when reigning world champion Max Verstappen won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the start of the 2023 season, prompting questions about whether he would be able to break the pattern and claim the championship title despite the so-called curse (Verstappen would go on to dominate, winning the 2023 F1 Driver’s Championship by some 290 points over his teammate Sergio Perez).

While there is no scientific basis for the existence of a curse, the pattern has become a topic of intrigue and adds an extra layer of drama to the race. Whether it is a genuine curse or not, it certainly provides an additional talking point for fans and adds to the rich tapestry of Formula 1 folklore.

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What is the Dress Code for F1 Bahrain?

The dress code for the Bahrain Grand Prix is generally relaxed, but attendees are encouraged to dress smartly and comfortably, considering the cultural context and the weather. While there is no strict dress code enforced for general ticket holders, there are some guidelines to keep in mind to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience for everyone.

For general admission and most grandstand areas, casual attire is acceptable. Visitors often wear comfortable clothing suitable for the warm climate, such as t-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, and comfortable shoes. It’s important to remember that Bahrain can be quite hot, especially during the day, so light and breathable fabrics like cotton are recommended.

In more premium areas, such as the Paddock Club™, the dress code is smart-casual. Smart jeans and tailored shorts are perfectly fine, but flip-flops, beachwear, and athletic wear are generally not appropriate. It’s also advised not to wear jogging suits, shorts, or beachwear in these more exclusive settings.

Regardless of where you are seated, it’s always a good idea to dress modestly out of respect for the local culture. While the Bahrain International Circuit is quite liberal, it’s recommended to avoid overly revealing clothing. Female attendees often wear short skirts and sleeveless tops, but it’s suggested to bring a shawl or scarf for additional modesty when not at the circuit (Tripadvisor).

By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure that you are comfortable, respectful of the local customs, and well-prepared for a fantastic race day experience at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bahrain Grand Prix List Of Winners

YearDriverConstructor
2004Michael SchumacherFerrari
2005Fernando AlonsoRenault
2006Fernando AlonsoRenault
2007Felipe MassaFerrari
2008Felipe MassaFerrari
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn-Mercedes
2010Fernando AlonsoFerrari
2011Cancelled
2012Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault
2013Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault
2014Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2015Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2016Nico RosbergMercedes
2017Sebastian VettelFerrari
2018Sebastian VettelFerrari
2019Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2020Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2021Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2022Charles LeclercFerrari
2023Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda RBPT

Note: For the year 2011, the race was cancelled due to the Bahraini uprising, so there is no winner or constructor listed for that year.