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fri 26 mar - sun 28 mar
  • 1 HAM LAP 56
  • 2 VER + 0.745
  • 3 BOT + 37.383
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fri 16 apr - sun 18 apr
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  • 2 HAM + 22.000
  • 3 NOR + 23.702
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  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 29.148
  • 3 BOT + 33.530
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fri 07 may - sun 09 may
  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 15.841
  • 3 BOT + 26.610
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thu 20 may - sun 23 may
  • 1 VER LAP 78
  • 2 SAI + 8.968
  • 3 NOR + 19.427
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  • 2 VET + 1.385
  • 3 GAS + 2.762
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  • 2 HAM + 2.904
  • 3 PER + 8.811
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  • 1 VER LAP 71
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  • 3 BOT + 46.907
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fri 02 jul - sun 04 jul
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 BOT + 17.973
  • 3 NOR + 20.019
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gbr
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  • 1 HAM LAP 52
  • 2 LEC + 3.871
  • 3 BOT + 11.125
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  • 1 OCO LAP 70
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fri 27 aug - sun 29 aug
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  • 2 RUS
  • 3 HAM
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  • 1 VER LAP 72
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  • 3 BOT + 56.460
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fri 10 sep - sun 12 sep
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  • 2 NOR + 1.747
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fri 24 sep - sun 26 sep
  • 1 HAM LAP 53
  • 2 VER + 53.271
  • 3 SAI + 62.475
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fri 08 oct - sun 10 oct
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  • 2 VER + 14.584
  • 3 PER + 33.471
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fri 22 oct - sun 24 oct
Quali sat 23 oct
Race sun 24 oct
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mex
fri 05 nov - sun 07 nov
Quali sat 06 nov
Race sun 07 nov
usa
bra
fri 12 nov - sun 14 nov
Quali fri 12 nov
Sprint sat 13 nov
Race sun 14 nov
mex
qat
fri 19 nov - sun 21 nov
Quali sat 20 nov
Race sun 21 nov
bra
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fri 03 dec - sun 05 dec
Quali sat 04 dec
Race sun 05 dec
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fri 10 dec - sun 12 dec
Quali sat 11 dec
Race sun 12 dec
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Top 3 - race 2021

Top 3 - qualification 2021

Stats

First held 2004
Laps 57
Circuit length 5.412 kilometer
Fastest race lap 1:30.252 (2004)
Winner 2020 Lewis Hamilton
Second in 2020 Max Verstappen
Third in 2020 Alexander Albon

Winners

Winner 2020 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2019 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2018 Sebastian Vettel
Winner 2017 Sebastian Vettel
Winner 2016 Nico Rosberg

Having provisionally returned to its second-round slot, the Bahrain Grand Prix will now act as the first race of the 2021 F1 season after the event in Australia was rescheduled. Since 2004, the race has been a fixture on the calendar every year except 2011, when it was cancelled.

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2021

The Bahrain GP became the first F1 event to be held in the Middle East back on April 4, 2004 and has typically been the third race on the calendar, though there have been exceptions to that.

The standard 5.412km circuit blends a number of straights to start and finish the lap, with several technical corners in the middle to challenge drivers as well as offer up an exciting spectacle for fans. Originally raced during the day, organisers decided to host it under floodlights in 2014 to mark its ten-year anniversary and it has remained a night race ever since.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, Bahrain became the first host venue for a F1 race in the Middle East when drivers took to the grid in 2004. And it was Ferrari who dominated the inaugural event, with Michael Schumacher leading Rubens Barrichello over the line for a one-two finish. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have both won the race four times, the most of any driver.

In 2010, a new circuit configuration was used – the Endurance Circuit – which extended the lap distance to 6.3km. However, the track was reverted to its original layout when F1 returned to Bahrain in 2012.

History

Work on the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir began in 2002 thanks to high domestic interest in the sport, beating out the likes of Egypt, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates in order to stage an F1 race.

Michael Schumacher won the first event in 2004, with Fernando Alonso taking the chequered flag the following year for Renault. The Spaniard became the first repeat winner after winning the 2006 edition, before adding a third thanks to his 2010 win in the season-opening race for Ferrari.

Cancellation in 2011 and ongoing controversy

The 2011 Bahrain GP was scheduled for March 13, however it was postponed a month prior to its running due to civil unrest in the country as part of a series of protests across North Africa and the Middle East.

Organisers were initially given until May 1 to decide whether they would proceed with the race at a later date, with that deadline then pushed back to June 3.

At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on June 3, FIA members unanimously voted to hold the Bahrain Grand Prix on October 30. However a week following the decision, F1 announced the cancellation of the race for 2011.

Human rights activists called for the cancellation of the 2012 event as well following reports of excessive force by authorities and torture for those stained. Nevertheless the event took place on April 22, reverting to the configuration last used in 2009 rather than the Endurance Circuit configuration used in 2010.

The race was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually run on November 29, the first of two events held at the Bahrain International Circuit over two weekends. The second race, called the Sakhir Grand Prix, took place a week later.

Most successful F1 drivers and teams

Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver, winning the Bahrain GP five times. He is followed by Sebastian Vettel who sits on four wins, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa next on the list with three and two victories respectively.

As far as Constructors' go, Ferrari and Mercedes both sit on six victories though the Scuderia's last triumph dates back to 2018. Renault and Red Bull have both taken the chequered flag on two occasions.

The Bahrain Grand Prix 2020

Although it wasn’t held in its usual early-season slot in 2020, Bahrain hosted two memorable races – one on the traditional layout, and one using the 3.5km outer loop which was named the Sakhir GP.

Last year’s Bahrain GP in particular will live long in the memory after the horrifying first-lap crash that Romain Grosjean was lucky to walk away from. In an attempt to make up places on the straight coming out of turn 3, the Frenchman veered across the track and clipped Daniil Kvyat’s front-left tyre which sent him into a high-speed collision with one of the trackside barriers.

After his Haas car split in two and erupted into flames, amazingly Grosjean escaped with only burns to his hands. Racing resumed some two hours later when the guard rail was replaced and Hamilton secured a straightforward win from Max Verstappen and Alex Albon.

When is the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix on the F1 calendar?

The Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of March 26-28 and is provisionally set to be the opening race of the F1 season. The first two free practice sessions will take place on March 26, with qualifying on Saturday, March 27 at 15:00 CET.

What time does the Bahrain Grand Prix start?

The Bahrain Grand Prix starts on Sunday, March 28 at 16:00 CET. The race can be followed live on RacingNews365’s blog and watched on F1 TV.

F1 Bahrain GP 2021 Schedule

Session Date Time (UK)
Free Practice 1 Friday 26 March 11:00 - 12:00
Free Practice 2 Friday 26 March 15:00 - 16:00
Free Practice 3 Saturday 27 March 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying Saturday 27 March 14:00 - 15:00
Race Sunday 28 March 15:00
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