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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Shwartzman claims pole-to-flag win in F2 Sprint Race

Robert Shwartzman won an exciting Formula 2 Sprint Race from pole today, held as part of the weekend’s events at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

Shwartzman, driving for Prema Racing, started at the front of the field due to F2’s reverse grid rule, following Saturday’s Feature Race.

He made the most of the opportunity and did well to hold on to his lead at the lights. He later was under some pressure from Hitech Grand Prix’s Nikita Mazepin close behind him after a virtual safety car, but was able to extend his gap the rest of the way with clean air in front of him.



Shwartzman claimed the chequered flag after 23 laps in a total winning time of 43mins 15.992secs. Mazepin followed 5.283secs behind as the runner-up to make it a Russian one-two, while taking third was Louis Deletraz of Charouz Racing System, who made a brilliant late charge to secure his podium place 6.472secs back.

Marcus Armstrong, who started beside Shwartzman on the front row, came fourth for ART Grand Prix.

Guanyu Zhou of Uni-Virtuosi was an impressive fifth, fending off an exciting challenge from the three cars behind him. They included Christian Lundgaard in ART’s other car, Shwartzman’s Prema teammate and championship leader Mick Schumacher, and Feature Race winner Felipe Drugovich of MP Motorsport, who were engaged in some exciting wheel-to-wheel battles. They were classified sixth through eighth, respectively, completing the points scorers.



Early in the race on lap seven, Callum Ilott in the other Uni-Virtuosi car collided with Jehan Daruvala, forcing the Carlin man into an early retirement. Ilott was later handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, dropping him to 18th.

The F2 field returns to action at BIC next weekend in support of the F1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix, which will be the final round of its 2020 season. Racing will be held along BIC’s 3.543km Outer Track then.