The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the most celebrated weekend races that the F1 calendar has. Subsequently, the hype for this race is extremely vivid among the drivers and the spectators too. The track is extremely challenging, which lifts the spirit of the race.
When is the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2020?
All times BST unless stated
The Bahrain Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday 29 November.
It will the be the 16th running of this race, which entered the F1 calendar in 2004.
Two practice sessions are on the Friday, while Saturday hosts a final practice and then qualification for the 15th race of this unique season.
Lights out for the race on Sunday is at 2.10pm.
How to watch Bahrain Grand Prix online
You can live stream F1 over the entire race weekend with Sky Sports.
Subscribers can watch on mobile or tablet via the Sky Go app.
Non-subscribers can also buy a Sky Sports day pass on NowTV for £9.99.
Sky Sports will show the entire Bahrain Grand Prix race weekend live on its Sky Sports F1 channel, and occasionally on Sky Sports Main Event.
- Bahrain Grand Prix Practice 1 and 2 – Sky Sports F1 and Main Event – 10.30am on Friday 27 November
- Bahrain Grand Prix Practice 3 and Qualifying – Sky Sports F1 – 10.45am on Saturday 28 November
- Bahrain Grand Prix Race coverage – Sky Sports F1 – 12.30pm on Sunday 29 November
What to watch out for
Those who don’t follow Hamilton may assume that now he’s won a seventh F1 World Championship he might take it easy over the final three races of the season. But fans of this sport will know just how seriously the Brit – who will be knighted in the New Year – takes his racing.
As soon as Hamilton wins one championship the focus switches on how to improve for the next. Yes, the 35-year-old is yet to sign a new contract with Mercedes but that won’t impact on his preparations for what could be a record-breaking year in 2021.
Hamilton still has something to fight for here too – a personal milestone. Over his career the Stevenage native has never won more than 11 Grands Prix in a single season. He achieved this feat, which in itself is rather astonishing, in 2014, 2018 and 2019. Now, Hamilton is already on 10 race wins for this season – a feat made even more remarkable because the 2020 campaign has been cut to just 17 races.
Meanwhile, Vettel previewed this race weekend by insisting Michael Schumacher was still the better driver compared to Hamilton, the latter having denied Vettel a single F1 title while at Ferrari.
World champion Lewis Hamilton
Formula One’s foray into the wet and windy autumnal climate of Europe is finally over as the circus drops in on sunny Bahrain for back-to-back Grands Prix in the Gulf kingdom this winter.
Having battled chilly conditions in Germany, blustering winds in Portugal and a near-washout in Turkey, F1’s drivers are no-doubt looking forward to some clear skies and warm track temperatures.
And the Bahrain Grand Prix is expected to do just that with the mercury set to reach 28c over the race weekend, with little chance of showers.
World champion Lewis Hamilton has already wrapped up the title this season after his performance in Istanbul last time out – but the Brit is unlikely to take his foot off the gas here. Having ticketed off more records during 2020, Hamilton still has the chance to break his own milestone of 11 race victories in a single season this year.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas and the two Red Bulls are likely to be breathing down Hamilton’s neck at a more predictable and stable Bahrain International Circuit compared to the recent rollercoaster rides of Portimão and Emilia Romagna.
Sergio Perez in his Racing Point will hope to once again outstrip drivers whose teams have a far bigger budget than the Silverstone-based pink bullets. Perez may be leaving at the end of the season but not before he has his say on the podium and will be hoping to at least match his second-place finish from Turkey here in the Gulf.
And plenty will be wondering if Sebastian Vettel can kick on from his rare podium place a fortnight ago to save face at Ferrari before his impending exit.