Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2024

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BIC is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, as the opening round of the 2024 season and its first-ever Saturday night race at the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East on 29 February to 2 March 2024.

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Due to exceptional demand, we have continued to expand our hospitality offerings. This year, we are delighted to offer The Dome Lounge by F1 Experiences, as well as The Champions Club, both tailor-made in response to the massive interest in hospitality options for the grand prix. In addition, the ultimate in world-class hospitality is available in The Paddock Cub Please note that Corporate boxes for 2024 are now sold out.

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Perez leads the pack at BIC in first practice of new F1 season

Perez leads the pack at BIC in first practice of new F1 season

Sergio Perez was quickest today in the first Formula 1 practice session of the season in the F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2023.

Perez powered his Red Bull Racing RB19 contender to the top of the timesheet with a fastest lap of one minute 32.758 seconds.

The Sakhir Grand Prix winner in 2020 was 0.438s ahead of two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso, who is in his first grand prix weekend with Aston Martin.

Double world champion Max Verstappen was third 0.617s back as Red Bull are living up to their tag as early-season favourites.

Lando Norris of McLaren followed in fourth 1.407s from Perez, while Charles Leclerc was fifth for Ferrari 1.499s adrift.

The top 10 in the session classification was completed by Lance Stroll (+1.540s) of Aston Martin, Kevin Magnussen (+1.644s) of Haas, the Alfa Romeo pair of Zhou Guanyu (+1.817s) and Valtteri Bottas (+1.931s), and Mercedes’s seven-time world championship Lewis Hamilton (+2.159s).

Eleventh through 20th, respectively, were George Russell of Mercedes, McLaren rookie Oscar Piastri, Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri, the returning Nico Hulkenberg for Haas, Esteban Ocon for Alpine, Nyck de Vries in the other AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly in the second Alpine, the Williams tandem of Logan Sargeant and Alexander Albon, and Carlos Sainz of Ferrari.