Trackside – 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix

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The 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix has been postponed due to the global COVID-19 outbreak and will not take place on March 20-22. Ticket refunds are being offered. Learn more HERE.

The lowdown on the trackside experience at the Sakhir Circuit for the 2020 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix on March 19-22.

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 and F1 drivers’ autograph session in the F1 Fanzone from 19:10-20:40. Headlining the concerts this year at the Bahrain GP will be Afrojack on Friday, March 20 and Khalid and Don Diablo on Saturday, March 21. On track, the opening rounds of the season for both Formula 2 and Formula 3 take place on Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, which really adds to the racing action.

2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Schedule

Thursday, March 19

  • 17:00-18:45: Pitlane Walk for 3-day ticketholders
  • 19:00-19:30: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 19:10-20:40: F1 Drivers’ Autograph Session (F1 Fanzone)

Friday, March 20

  • 09:25-10:10: Formula 3 practice
  • 10:35-11:20: Formula 2 practice
  • 11:45-12:15: Porsche GT3 Cup ME practice
  • 12:20-12:50: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 free practice 1
  • 15:55-16:25: Formula 3 qualifying
  • 16:55-17:25: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 18:00-19:30: Formula 1 free practice 2
  • 19:55-20:15: Porsche GT3 Cup ME qualifying

Saturday, March 21

  • 10:55-11:25: Porsche GT3 Cup ME first race
  • 12:15-13:00: Formula 3 first race
  • 13:15-14:15: Formula 1 Drivers’ Autograph Session (F1 Fanzone)
  • 13:20-13:45: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 practice
  • 16:25-17:30: Formula 2 first race
  • 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 qualifying

Sunday, March 22

  • 12:45-13:30: Formula 3 second race
  • 13:55-14:25: Porsche GT3 Cup ME second race
  • 14:50-15:40: Formula 2 second race
  • 15:55-16:15: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 16:30-17:00: Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade
  • 17:00-17:15: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 17:54-17:56: National Anthem
  • 18:10-20:10: 2020 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix

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2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Concerts

American singer-songwriter Khalid heads up the trackside concerts at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix with a headline show on Saturday, March 21 (with support from Dutch DJ Don Diablo). Afrojack headlines the concert on Friday, March 20. Entrance to the concerts are free for race ticket holders. Learn more here.

2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Track Action

In addition to around six hours of Formula 1, the schedule at Sakhir this year features the first two rounds of the season from both of F1’s main feeder series, Formula 2 and Formula 3.  The single-make Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East series also features on the bill with the last two races of the 2019/2020 season.

F1 Fanzone at the Bahrain International Circuit

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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  1. Anurita says:

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

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