Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is set to host the global launch of the Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps on Thursday (Editor’s note: April 5) as a part of the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

It is set to be a Thursday like never before at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”.

In leading up to the official start of the weekend’s events, a lucky group of fans will be treated to a series of exclusive activities under F1 Experiences – one of them being the all-new Hot Laps – as BIC and Formula 1 aim to bring fans closer to the sport.

The Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps offers motorsport lovers a mind-boggling chance to be driven around the track by a Formula 1 driver. This is scheduled for 4.20pm on Thursday.

Also for F1 Experiences guests on Thursday will be a Pit Lane Walk and a Truck Tour. The pit walk will be held from 7.15pm to 7.45pm, to be followed by the truck tour from 7.45pm to 8.15pm.

The F1 Experiences are happening for the first time ever in Bahrain.

The Pit Walk allows fans to have an amazing look into what happens in a Formula 1 team’s garage and along the pit lane. Those who take part might even be lucky enough to catch one of the sport’s star drivers make an appearance in the pits.

The Truck Tour includes a parade around the circuit in open-top buses.

Also on Thursday, a Pit Lane Walk open to all those with three-day tickets to the Grand Prix weekend will be held from 5pm to 6.45pm.

Members of the Formula 1 family continued to arrive Wednesday.

Among those seen touching down at Bahrain International Airport were Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, Canadian Lance Stroll of Williams and Frenchman Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.

Officials from Formula 1 and the international Automobile Federation (FIA) also continued to arrive, as well as those participating in the weekend’s two support series, namely the FIA Formula 2 Championship and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

Action on track begins on Friday in all three championships.

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