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Unusual schedule for 2024 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

On Saturday, March 2, 2024, the Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled. The first race weekend of the season has a different time schedule than what we are used to, meaning the race will not take place on the usual Sunday.

The unusual time schedule of the F1 Bahrain GP

The Bahrain Grand Prix 2024 starts on Saturday, March 2, at 2 PM UK time. About an hour and a half later, we should know who has won the first Grand Prix of 2024. Will Red Bull be as dominant as last year?

Below is the schedule for the Bahrain GP.

The time schedule is automatically adjusted to your timezone.

Timetable Bahrain GP

Session Date Time
Free practice 1 Thursday 29 February -
Free practice 2 Thursday 29 February -
Free practice 3 Friday 1 March -
Qualification Friday 1 March -
Race Saturday 2 March -

Why has the time schedule of the Bahrain Grand Prix changed?

In previous seasons, we saw a traditional schedule in Bahrain, with the first and second practice sessions on Friday, final practice session and qualifying on Saturday, and the race on Sunday. However, this schedule changes in 2024. But why exactly?

It has to do with the start of Ramadan and the rescheduling of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which is why the opening race takes place on Saturday instead of Sunday. As a result, the race weekend runs from Thursday to Saturday.

So, the definitive days and start times of the Bahrain GP are as follows: on Thursday, the first and second practice sessions take place at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. On Friday, the third practice session starts at 11:30 AM, followed by qualifying later in the day at 3:00 PM. Then, on Saturday, the race is held at 2:00 PM UK time.

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