Trackside – 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix

Full weekend schedule and trackside tips for fans going to the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on March 26-28.


The full on-track schedule has now been announced for the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix and a limited number of tickets for the Main Grandstand and Turn 1 Grandstand are now on sale. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, events such as the Pit Lane Walk for 3-day ticket holders and autograph sessions with the F1 drivers will not take place this year. Trackside concerts will also not be held this year.

With most of the on-track action taking place late in the afternoon and at night (avoiding the worst of the daytime heat), you can have a lazy start to the day in Bahrain and still make it to Sakhir Circuit in time for the best racing.

2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Schedule

In addition to around six hours of Formula 1, the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix will also mark the first race weekend of the new Formula 2 season with two races taking place on Saturday and a third race on Sunday. The single-make Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East series will also feature again this year.


  • 12:10-12:40: Porsche GT3 Cup ME practice
  • 13:05-13:50: FIA Formula 2 practice
  • 14:30-15:30: Formula 1 free practice 1
  • 15:55-16:25: Porsche GT3 Cup ME qualifying
  • 16:50-17:20: FIA Formula 2 qualifying
  • 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 free practice 2


  • 13:25-14:15: FIA Formula 2 race one (34 laps or 45 minutes)
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 free practice 3
  • 16:45-17:15: Porsche GT3 Cup ME race one (17 laps or 25 minutes)
  • 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 19:40-20:30: FIA Formula 2 race two (34 laps or 45 minutes)


  • 13:50-14:55: FIA Formula 2 race three (TBC laps or 60 minutes)
  • 15:20-15:50: Porsche GT3 Cup ME race two (17 laps or 25 minutes)
  • 17:44-17:46: National Anthem
  • 17:46-17:48: Gulf Air fly past TBC
  • 18:00-20:00: Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix 2021

F1 Fanzone at the Bahrain International Circuit


Measures are being put in place at this year’s race to ensure a safe environment for the limited number of spectators at the circuit, including health screening on entry. Masks will also be compulsory at all times. All of the entertainment options and fan experiences will take place outdoors.

When there’s nothing interesting happening on the track, the F1 Fanzone behind the Main grandstand is the place to go for food, drink, merchandise and entertainment. Taking a leaf out of Singapore, Bahrain have organized a big roster of roaming entertainment acts (for kids and adults), including circus performers and comedians. You can also take a ride on a 42-metre tall Ferris Wheel offering expansive views of the circuit.

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