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Bahraini Dinar (BHD)


Time Zone

UTC +3


230V, 50Hz, Type G


Bahrain, Sakhir


26℃  30℃

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  • Mon

    26℃   33℃

  • Tue

    25℃   29℃

  • Wed

    26℃   30℃

  • Thu

    26℃   32℃

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 widely available in the city and at the track.

The Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons are two stand-out hotels 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.

The Westin Hotel and the slightly cheaper Le Meridien, are a bit closer to the track and linked to the City Centre Bahrain Mall where there are plenty of good dining options in the upper level food court.

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 milder temperatures 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. It also attracts the smallest F1 crowd of the year, around 100,000 people, nearly a fifth of crowd at Silverstone.

Bahrain F1 Paddock

If you’re looking to spot drivers coming and going, you can wait at the main entrance where drivers drive through and then pass under the track. If you have paddock access, you may be able to sneak around to the main paddock entrance and catch the drivers as they walk from their car park to the swipe gates.

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.

Since 2004

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Pedro de la Rosa (2005)

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Bahrain Grand Prix Results 2024

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Position Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:30.031 1:29.374 1:29.179
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:30.243 1:29.165 1:29.407
3 George Russell Mercedes 1:30.350 1:29.922 1:29.485
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:29.909 1:29.573 1:29.507
5 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:30.221 1:29.932 1:29.537
6 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:30.179 1:29.801 1:29.542
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:30.143 1:29.941 1:29.614
8 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:30.531 1:30.122 1:29.683
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.451 1:29.718 1:29.710
10 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team 1:30.566 1:29.851 1:30.502
11 Yuki Tsunoda RB F1 Team 1:30.481 1:30.129
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:29.965 1:30.200
13 Alexander Albon Williams 1:30.397 1:30.221
14 Daniel Ricciardo RB F1 Team 1:30.562 1:30.278
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:30.646 1:30.529
16 Valtteri Bottas Sauber 1:30.756
17 Guanyu Zhou Sauber 1:30.757
18 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:30.770
19 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 1:30.793
20 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team 1:30.948
Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31:44.742 26
2 Sergio Pérez Red Bull +22.457 18
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +25.110 15
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +39.669 12
5 George Russell Mercedes +46.788 10
6 Lando Norris McLaren +48.458 8
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +50.324 6
8 Oscar Piastri McLaren +56.082 4
9 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +1:14.887 2
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1:33.216 1
11 Guanyu Zhou Sauber 0
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 0
13 Daniel Ricciardo RB F1 Team 0
14 Yuki Tsunoda RB F1 Team 0
15 Alexander Albon Williams 0
16 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team 0
17 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 0
18 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team 0
19 Valtteri Bottas Sauber 0
20 Logan Sargeant Williams 0

Bahrain Grand Prix Guide

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