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F1 has raced at the Sakhir circuit since 2004 when it made history as the first grand prix to be held in the Middle East.

The kingdom of Bahrain is one of the more liberal Arab states and as such, there’s a vibrant social scene around the city and alcohol is available.

The Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons are two stand-outs but for those wanting to stay close to the track, try the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa sea & spa. It’s on the coast, 4.7km from the track and is popular with the drivers and teams.

Bahrain F1 Night Sky


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A good value hotel option is the Downtown Rotana which is adjacent to the main souk (market). It has a super rooftop bar which is best enjoyed at sunset. If you want to stay where the drivers stay, opt for the Sofitel near the track.

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There is minimal public transport in Bahrain so most visitors choose to rent a car and drive. Rental cars are good value if booked in advance and fuel is the cheapest I encounter anywhere in the world, about a quarter of the price you’d pay in Europe. Special F1 buses also run from several hotels to the track and back at pre-determined times.

The race starts at dusk which sees temperatures lower than during the heat of the day. The grandstands are situated around the main straight, the first and last turn and at the back of the paddock. There is no spectator access to the back part of the track and no general admission standing area tickets are sold, it’s all grandstand seating.

I rate the Bahrain paddock as the best of all the paddocks and at night, with the tower and paddock lit up, it has a magical atmosphere.

Bahrain F1 Ferris Wheel McLaren



The track itself is some 31 kilometres south of Manama, the capital and can be reached by motorway in 30 minutes with normal traffic. Most spectators choose to stay in and around the city and there are plenty of quality hotels to choose from.

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Pedro de la Rosa (2005)

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Bahrain Grand Prix Results 2023

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Position Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.295 1:30.503 1:29.708
2 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:31.479 1:30.746 1:29.846
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.094 1:30.282 1:30.000
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:30.993 1:30.515 1:30.154
5 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:31.158 1:30.645 1:30.336
6 George Russell Mercedes 1:31.057 1:30.507 1:30.340
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.543 1:30.513 1:30.384
8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:31.184 1:31.127 1:30.836
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 1:31.508 1:30.914 1:30.984
10 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team 1:31.204 1:30.809
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:31.652 1:31.381
12 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:31.504 1:31.443
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:31.615 1:31.473
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:31.400 1:32.510
15 Alexander Albon Williams 1:31.461
16 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:31.652
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:31.892
18 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:32.101
19 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 1:32.121
20 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team 1:32.181
Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33:56.736 25
2 Sergio Pérez Red Bull +11.987 18
3 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +38.637 15
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +48.052 12
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +50.977 10
6 Lance Stroll Aston Martin +54.502 8
7 George Russell Mercedes +55.873 6
8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1:12.647 4
9 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team +1:13.753 2
10 Alexander Albon Williams +1:29.774 1
11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1:30.870 0
12 Logan Sargeant Williams 0
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 0
14 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 0
15 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team 0
16 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 0
17 Lando Norris McLaren 0
18 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 0
19 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0
20 Oscar Piastri McLaren 0

Bahrain Grand Prix Guide

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