Trackside – 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix

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The lowdown on the trackside experience at the Sakhir Circuit for the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race takes place on April 6-8, 2018.

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. The weekend begins on Thursday afternoon with a pitlane walk for 3-day ticket holders from 17:00-18:45. Headlining the concerts this year at the Bahrain GP will be Carlos Santana, who is set to play on Friday, April 6.  On track, it’s worth getting to the track early on both Saturday and Sunday for the Formula 2 races, which are normally action-packed! Finally, don’t miss the F1 driver’s autograph session from 15:00-16:00 on race day.

Don’t forget to download the new “F1 Grand Prix” app (available for IOS and Android) for an interactive circuit map, full weekend schedule, local info and trackside entertainment.

2018 BAHRAIN GP SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 5

  • 17:00-18:45: Pitlane walk for 3-day ticketholders

Friday, April 6

  • 11:30-12:15: Formula 2 practice
  • 12:40-13:10: Porsche GT3 Cup practice
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 free practice
  • 16:40-17:00: Porsche GT3 Cup qualifying
  • 18:00-19:30: Formula 1 free practice
  • 20:00-20:30: Formula 2 qualifying

Saturday, April 7

  • 11:55-12:25: Porsche GT3 Cup race 1
  • 13:10-14:15: Formula 2 race (32 laps / 60 mins)
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 practice
  • 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 qualifying

Sunday, April 8

  • 14:15-15:05: Formula 2 race (23 laps / 45 mins)
  • 15:00-16:00: F1 Driver’s Autograph Session
  • 15:30-16:00: Porsche GT3 Cup race 2
  • 16:40-17:10: Driver’s Track Parade
  • 17:58-17:59: Gulf Air fly past
  • 18:10-20:10: 2018 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix (57 laps / 120 mins)

BAHRAIN GP CONCERTS

Headlining the concerts at the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix will be Carlos Santana, the hugely popular Mexican/American who plays a kind of “Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion.” He will play on Friday, April 6. On Saturday, the concerts will be headlined by British DJ act Disclosure and American singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker.

On-track action at the 2018 Bahrain GP

  • In addition to around six hours of Formula 1, the schedule at Sakhir this year features open-wheel action from Formula 2 and the single-make Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East series. [The TCR International Series for touring cars, which featured on the bill in 2017, is not returning this year]
  • Formula 2: the premier feeder series for F1 kicks off a new season in Bahrain. Expect close racing and regular crashes!
  • Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East: this is the Middle-Eastern version of the single-make series, not the Porsche Supercup one that supports F1 at other rounds.

F1 VILLAGE AT SAKHIR

When there’s nothing interesting happening on the track, the F1 village 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.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Anurita says:

    Ticket counter at the venue too will be more convenient for the guests.
    Thank you.

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