Formula One’s star drivers began arriving in Bahrain today ahead of this weekend’s 2015 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Among the first group of high-profile racers touching down in the Kingdom today were defending Drivers’ World Champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and former World Champion Jenson Button of McLaren.

Others to reach Bahrain were Valtteri Bottas of Williams, Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull, and Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. of Toro Rosso.

The remainder of the 20-driver field that is expected to line up for Sunday’s floodlit Bahrain Grand Prix will be touching down in the Kingdom over the next few days.

Staff members from the participating race teams and officials from Formula One and the Federation International de l’Automobile have also started to arrive.

Meanwhile, preparations went on circuit-wide in Sakhir as the days continued to count down towards the nation’s biggest event.

What’s up next?

Formula One action in Sakhir gets underway on Friday with a pair of hour-and-a-half long practice sessions. A third practice will be held Saturday prior to Qualifying at 6pm. The Bahrain Grand Prix will then flag off at 6pm on Sunday for a 57-lap battle under the stars.

Racing will also be held all weekend in the pair of supporting championships, including the GP2 Series and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

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