Bahrain GP 2024: Schedule and F1 Start Times

Find out when the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix takes place, including the F1 session times for practice, qualifying and the race which happens on Saturday

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As the Formula 1 season gears up for an electrifying start, the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix is at the forefront, promising unparalleled excitement. Make sure you have everything you need to know about the schedule and F1 start times, ensuring you’re well-prepared for the racing spectacle

As the sun sets over the Sakhir desert, the Bahrain International Circuit lights up, signalling the commencement of the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix, a spectacle that marries speed, strategy, and skill in the heart of the Middle East. 

The race holds a pivotal position in the Formula 1 calendar, not only for its challenging track that tests the mettle of the world’s finest drivers but also as the season’s opener, setting the tone for the battles to come. 

With its mix of high-speed straights, tight corners, and the dramatic night race setting, the Bahrain GP is a blend of tradition and innovation, reflecting the dynamic spirit of Formula 1 racing. 

The 2024 Formula 1 season kicks off with the adrenaline-pumping Bahrain Grand Prix, set against the backdrop of the mesmerising Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Remember the race will take place on a Saturday and not the usual Sunday as is the norm.

Here’s everything you need to know to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action in Bahrain from Thursday February 29 to Saturday March 2, 2024.

The Bahrain GP takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit | Formula 1
The Bahrain GP takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit | Formula 1

Detailed 2024 Bahrain GP Session Times and Dates

Session / TimeBahrainUKUS (ET)US (PT)Aus. (AEDT)
Practice 114:3011:3006:3003:3022:30
Practice 218:0015:0010:0007:0002:00*
Practice 315:3012:3007:3004:3023:30
Qualifying19:0016:0011:0008:0003:00*
Race18:0015:0010:0007:0002:00*
*Next Day

Thursday, February 29 – Practice Sessions Begin

  • The weekend starts with the Formula 1 First Practice Session from 14:30 to 15:30 local time, giving teams and drivers their first taste of the circuit under competitive conditions.
  • The Second Practice Session follows in the evening, from 18:00 to 19:00, offering insights into the cars’ performance under the cooler, race-similar conditions.

Friday, March 1 – Final Practice and Qualifying

  • The Third Practice Session, scheduled from 15:30 to 16:30 local time, is the last chance for teams to fine-tune their setups before the all-important Qualifying Session.
  • Qualifying, determining the grid for the Grand Prix, takes place from 19:00 to 20:00, setting the stage for a thrilling race day.

Saturday, March 2 – Race Day

  • The day begins with support races and the Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade, building up to the main event.
  • The 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix starts at 18:00 local time, promising 57 laps of intense racing action, concluding around 20:00.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull during Day 1 of 2024 F1 Testing | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen of Red Bull during Day 1 of 2024 F1 Testing | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Tips for Watching the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix

The excitement of the 2024 Formula 1 season opener is unmatched, and whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to the sport, watching the Bahrain Grand Prix is an exhilarating experience. Here are some tips and information to ensure you catch every moment of the action, no matter where you are in the world.

You can also catch every session of the 2024 Bahrain GP and the Formula 1 season LIVE here on Total-Motorsport.com.

TV Channels and Online Streaming

  • United Kingdom: In the UK, Sky Sports F1 is your go-to destination for live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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  • United States: ESPN carries the rights to broadcast Formula 1 in the US, providing live coverage of all sessions from the Bahrain Grand Prix.
  • Canada: TSN (The Sports Network) offers live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix for Canadian viewers.
  • Australia: Fox Sports is the destination for Australian fans to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix live.
John Smith
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