Trackside – 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix

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The lowdown on the trackside experience at the Sakhir Circuit for the 2020 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix on March 20-22.

This page will be updated for 2020 when the full on-track schedule is published, normally around one month before race weekend. In the meantime, most of the information below is likely to remain unchanged.

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 two superstar DJs: Martin Garrix on Friday night and Kygo on Saturday night.  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 14:00-16:00 on race day.


Thursday, March 28

  • 17:00-18:45: Pitlane Walk for 3-day ticketholders
  • 19:15-19:45: F1 Experiences: Exclusive Pit Lane Walk
  • 19:45-20:45: F1 Experiences: Drive the Track Tour

Friday, March 29

  • 11:30-12:15: Formula 2 practice
  • 12:40-13:10: Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East practice
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 free practice 1
  • 16:50-17:20: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 18:00-19:30: Formula 1 free practice 2
  • 20:00-20:20: Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East qualifying
  • 21:00-23:30: Martin Garrix concert

Saturday, March 30

  • 11:55-12:25: Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East 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
  • 20:00-23:00 Kygo concert

Sunday, March 31

  • 12:45-13:15: Formula 2 Drivers’ Parade
  • 14:00-16:00: F1 Driver’s Autograph Session
  • 14:15-15:05: Formula 2 race (23 laps / 45 mins)
  • 15:30-16:00: Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East race 2
  • 16:30-17:00: Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade
  • 17:40-17:50: Gulf Air fly past
  • 17:54-17:56: National Anthem
  • 18:10-20:10: 2019 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix (57 laps / 120 mins)


Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix (pictured above) headlines the Friday concert at the Bahrain Grand Prix this year, while Norwegian DJ Kygo is the headliner for Saturday night. Check the times on the schedule opposite. Learn more here.

On-track Action

  • 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.
  • Formula 2: the premier feeder series for F1 kicks off a new season in Bahrain.
  • 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.


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. Learn more here.

Been to Sakhir? Leave a comment with your Bahrain Grand Prix trackside tips!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of 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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