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Bahrain F1 Grand Prix 2023: Timings and Schedule



Bahrain F1 Grand Prix 2023

Presentation and Schedule of the 2023 Bahrain F1 Grand Prix. The season kicks off this weekend at Sakhir. Get Ready for the Thrilling.

Here we are, in the first exciting Race Week of the year! The F1 season resumes this weekend in Bahrain, just a few days after the winter testing that saw teams spend three days on the track.

The first answers to the questions raised this winter will come with this first of the 23 races that will make up the 2023 season. For the third consecutive year, the Sakhir circuit will serve as the stage for this season’s opening round.

Although built in the middle of the desert, the Sakhir circuit has several fast, banked corners. The first corner is a big braking point at the end of the straight, which is conducive to overtaking but also to collisions at the start.

After a second short straight, where the first DRS zone is located, the drivers face a new tight corner before the first fast, downhill sequence of turns.

After this area comes a fast left turn that turns into a braking point before the following hairpin. After that, the second DRS zone arrives, and the rest of the circuit is made up of fast corners, including a sequence consisting of a long left-hand turn and a right-hand curve.

The long back straight and the start/finish line will represent opportunities for overtaking. The third DRS zone is installed on the start/finish straight.


It is always a delicate exercise to make predictions for the first Grand Prix of the season, after winter testing that did not provide many insights. However, it seems obvious that Red Bull will be at the forefront, with impressive performance and reliability.

Behind them, Ferrari should have a slight advantage over Mercedes F1, which experienced problems during the three days of testing and still seems to be trying to understand its car. But these two teams should keep a bit of a gap on the rest of the field.

Behind them, we can expect to see Alpine as the fourth force on the grid. Like last year, the French team showed nothing during testing, confirming that they ran with a lot of fuel and never used the soft tires.

The team that seems the most impressive in the midfield compared to Alpine is Aston Martin F1, which had a good offseason and looks promising after winter testing. We can expect these two teams to be more competitive than Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri, Haas, and Williams, which were very reliable during the three days of testing.

But these teams should remain in the lower part of the ranking, along with McLaren F1. The team has been alarmist about their own performances, and a structural defect was observed on the MCL60 which prevented the car from running and should make them start the season at a disadvantage.

The Schedule of the 2023 Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

The start of this season will take place slightly later than the usual Grand Prix, so that the race can be held after nightfall at the Sakhir circuit.

SessionDateTime (Local)Time (GMT)Time (ET)
FP1Friday, March 314:30 – 15:3011:30 – 12:3006:30 – 07:30
FP2Friday, March 318:00 – 19:0015:00 – 16:0010:00 – 11:00
FP3Saturday, March 414:30 – 15:3011:30 – 12:3006:30 – 07:30
QualifyingSaturday, March 418:00 – 19:0015:00 – 16:0010:00 – 11:00
Bahrain Grand PrixSunday, March 518:0015:0010:00

Complete list of Bahrain Grand Prix winners:

Bahrain F1 Grand Prix 2023

2022SakhirCharles LeclercFerrariFerrari
2021SakhirLewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes
2020SakhirLewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes
2019SakhirLewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes
2018SakhirSebastian VettelFerrariFerrari
2017SakhirSebastian VettelFerrariFerrari
2016SakhirNico RosbergMercedesMercedes
2015SakhirLewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes
2014SakhirLewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes
2013SakhirSebastian VettelRed BullRenault
2012SakhirSebastian VettelRed BullRenault
2010SakhirFernando AlonsoFerrariFerrari
2009SakhirJenson ButtonBrawn GPMercedes
2008SakhirFelipe MassaFerrariFerrari
2007SakhirFelipe MassaFerrariFerrari
2006SakhirFernando AlonsoRenaultRenault
2005SakhirFernando AlonsoRenaultRenault
2004SakhirMichael SchumacherFerrariFerrari

In the UK and Ireland, you can catch live coverage of the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix, while highlights will be available for free later in the day.

To catch all the action of the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix, Sky Sports F1 is the go-to channel, broadcasting every session live, along with pre and post-session shows leading up to the race and qualifying. For those who missed the live event, highlights of the qualifying and race sessions will be available on Channel 4 a few hours later. For live streaming, Sky Sports subscribers can access the event on the Sky Go app or NOW TV, but an internet connection is required.

Here are the start times for the TV broadcast:

Sky Sports F1 

DateTime (GMT)Session
Friday, March 1711:00FP1
Friday, March 1714:45FP2
Saturday, March 1811:15FP3
Saturday, March 1814:10Qualifying
Sunday, March 1913:30Bahrain Grand Prix

Channel 4 

Saturday: Qualifying – 19:30 / Sunday: Bahrain Grand Prix – 21:00


What are the ways to live stream pre-season testing?

F1TV, the official streaming service for the sport, will be streaming the pre-season testing in the countries where the service is available. The countries where F1 TV Pro is available can be found on this list.

Team and driver lineup:

TeamDriversDriver No.
Red BullMax Verstappen, Sergio Perez33, 11
FerrariCharles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz16, 55
MercedesLewis Hamilton, George Russell44, 63
AlpineEsteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly31, 10
McLarenLando Norris, Oscar Piastri4, 81
Alfa RomeoValtteri Bottas, Guanyu Zhou77, 24
Aston MartinFernando Alonso, Lance Stroll14, 18
HaasKevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg20, 27
AlphaTauriYuki Tsunoda, Nyck de Vries22, 21
WilliamsAlex Albon, Logan Sargeant23, 2

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