Basketball and motorsport will be coming together this weekend at the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, taking place Friday to Sunday at BIC in Sakhir.

As an exciting bonus to an already packed entertainment programme, fans will be able to take part in 3X3 (three-on-three) basketball and also test their skills in a handful of interactive motorsport activities.

The basketball activity is being conducted in cooperation with the Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA), under the directives of BBA President His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa.

A special zone in BIC’s F1 Village has been allocated for a half-court playing area.

Race-goers will be able to join in on the 3X3 fun. They will be shooting hoops alongside a number of famous Bahraini athletes from various sports, including national football stars Mohammed Salmeen, Ismaeel Abdullatif and Mahmood Abdulrahman; handball icons Saeed Johar and Hussain Al Sayyad; members of the Bapco women’s basketball team and KHK MMA fighters led by Hamza Kooheji, to name a few.

There will be many other well-known Bahraini personalities playing, ensuring plenty of friendly action in the spirit of fun and enjoyment at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

This basketball activity is a first-of-its-kind for the Formula 1 weekend in Sakhir, and organisers are inviting fans to take part.

Meanwhile, the interactive motorsport activities will be held in the F1 Fanzone.

The F1 Fanzone is a central place within the F1 Village where fans will be brought closer to a real experience in motorsport. During the race weekend, F1 Fanzone will host various activities including F1 Esports, a Pitstop Challenge and a Fitness Challenge, to name a few.

F1 Esports is where fans can race against nine other competitors in the official F1 game. The 10 quickest winners of a daily battle will be given a tour of the F1 Paddock. As a separate constant competition throughout the weekend, a lap time will be set by 2017 Esports winner Brendon Leigh with prizes for any fan who can beat it.

The Pitstop Challenge gives three teams of six the chance to go against each other in a knockout competition, changing Pirelli tyres on an F1 car. A contest for the top three teams are held daily with a Paddock tour for the winners.

F1 will endeavor to bring a pitstop crew from one of the Formula 1 teams to do a pitstop demonstration for the fans, as well as competing against the fans.

In the Fitness Challenge, fans can learn how F1 drivers prepare to be in peak condition for racing, and complete several activities to see how fit they are in comparison. After completion, all participants will receive their scores on social media and the person with the most likes each day will be rewarded with a prize.

All of the above and so much more await race-goers at the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, and anyone without tickets can enjoy all there is on offer.

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