After a long winter followed by three days of pre-season testing, the 2023 F1 season officially kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull arrive into the event as the reigning champions, and both parties looked to be in good form over the test days. But will Ferrari and Mercedes have closed the gap?
Aston Martin also caught the eye of many during testing. Can they take a big step through the midfield, or will another team spring a surprise?
The weekend will follow the usual format, with two practice sessions taking place on Friday. FP1 is scheduled for 11:30 UK time, with FP2 following at 15:00.
On Saturday, FP3 will be held at 11:30 UK time, ahead of qualifying at 15:00. This will determine the grid for Sunday's 57-lap Bahrain Grand Prix, which starts at 15:00.
RacingNews365.com will be on hand to cover all of the action and you can find our live blog here. We will also have exclusive interviews, news and analysis throughout the entire weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Check out the full schedule for the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix below.
2023 F1 Bahrain GP time schedule
|Date||Event||Time (GMT)||Time (Local)|
|Friday 3 March||Practice 1||11:30-12:30||14:30-15:30|
|Friday 3 March||Practice 2||15:00-16:00||18:00-19:00|
|Saturday 4 March||Practice 3||11:30-12:30||14:30-15:30|
|Saturday 4 March||Qualifying||15:00-16:00||18:00-19:00|
|Sunday 5 March||Race||15:00||18:00|
Ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, RacingNews365.com journalists Dieter Rencken and Michael Butterworth analyse where each of the F1 teams stands after pre-season testing.