Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2024

Event Overview

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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Red Bull Racing lock out F1 Bahrain GP 2023 front row with Max Verstappen on pole!

Red Bull Racing lock out F1 Bahrain GP 2023 front row with Max Verstappen on pole!

Max Verstappen claims sensational pole with 1:29.708 fastest lap in qualifying’s top 10 shootout

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz to start from row two, with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso right behind

Boschung claims F2 Sprint Race victory, Harry King wins weekend’s first race in Porsche Sprint Challenge ME

BIC, Sakhir – Max Verstappen led teammate Sergio Perez to a Red Bull Racing front-row lock-out for Sunday’s highly anticipated Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2023—the first round of this year’s FIA F1 World Championship.

Verstappen blitzed to a sensational pole after steering his RB19 challenger to a quickest lap time of one minute 29.708 in the top 10 shootout of qualifying, held under lights in front of a massive Saturday night crowd at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

Verstappen’s time was almost a second quicker than Charles Leclerc’s pole-setting mark in Sakhir from last year of 1:30.558 for Ferrari.

“Very happy to be on pole, having such a strong car with Checo up there as well, it’s amazing and I’m looking forward to tomorrow as well,” said Verstappen, who has yet to win in Bahrain.

Verstappen was 0.138 seconds quicker than Perez, while set to start behind them on row two are the tandem of Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Leclerc’s best lap in the Q3 shootout was 0.292s slower than Verstappen’s, while Sainz was 0.446s off the pace.

Two-time world champion and three-time winner at BIC Fernando Alonso could not translate his leading pace in today’s practice into pole position, but still impressed by securing fifth on the grid in his debut grand prix weekend with Aston Martin. He was 0.628s back.

The Mercedes pair of George Russell (+0.632s) and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (+0.676s) followed in sixth and seventh, respectively, while Lance Stroll (+1.128s) was classified eighth in the other Aston Martin.

Esteban Ocon qualified ninth after finishing 1.276s from the leader, and Nico Hulkenberg was 10th after being unable to set a time in Q3.

Earlier in the day, dropping out of qualifying from Q2 were Lando Norris of McLaren, the Alfa Romeo pair of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Williams’s Alexander Albon.

In Q1, eliminated from further contention were Williams rookie Logan Sargeant, Alpine’s Pierre Gasly, Haas’s Kevin Magnussen, McLaren rookie Oscar Piastri and AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries.

Boschung claims F2 Sprint Race victory

Ralph Boschung raced to an impressive victory today in the season-opening Sprint Race of the 2023 FIA Formula 2 Championship, held in support of the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

Boschung started on the reverse grid pole and went on to win after 23 laps in a time of 41 minutes 50.597 seconds.

The Campos Racing driver took advantage of the battles behind him to build a comfortable gap to the finish. He won by 10.848 seconds ahead of Dennis Hauger of MP Motorsport, while Victor Martins of ART Grand Prix claimed the final podium step in third 16.162s behind Boschung.

Classified fourth was Ayumu Iwasa (+24.494s) of DAMS, while Theo Pourchaire (+29.709s) came fifth in the other ART Grand Prix car and Jehan Daruvala (+30.901s) was sixth for MP.

Completing the top eight and the race’s points scorers were Boschung’s teammate Kush Maini (+41.541s) and Enzo Fittipaldi (+43.065s) of Rodin Carlin.

The F2 field returns to the track Sunday afternoon at 1.20pm for the weekend’s Feature Race, to be held over 32 laps or 60 minutes, with Pourchaire on pole.

Harry King continues dominant weekend in Porsche sprints

Harry King of Great Britain continued his dominance this evening of round five in the 2022/2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East, winning the weekend’s first race at Bahrain International Circuit, in support of the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

King triumphed from pole position after 11 laps to maintain his perfect run in the meeting so far. He had set the pace in both practices and also claimed a double pole for the two races.

He won tonight’s event under the lights with an 8.624 second gap ahead of runner-up Vincent Andronaco of Germany, while Ghislain Cordeel of Belgium took the final podium step 16.980s adrift.

All three overall podium placers were competing in the Pro class.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa clinched first place in the ProAm category after taking fifth overall. Mark J Thomas of Canada claimed first place in the Am class.

The Porsche field return for race two on Sunday starting at 2.50pm.

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