Bahrain International Circuit announced today that ticket sales for the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix have increased as compared to last year

Tickets have already sold out for the University Grandstand. They are also 98 per cent sold out for the Main Grandstand.

With the highly anticipated night race happening on Sunday, this year’s mega event has generated great interest from race fans all over the world.

Tickets will continue to be sold over the next couple of days. They can be purchased at the special tent located next to Sakhir petrol station.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari a bright start to the weekend’s events by setting the day’s overall best lap time after topping the timesheet in both the day’s Formula 1 practices.

The two-time winner with former team Red Bull registered a fastest lap of one minute 31.310 seconds. His best came during a highly competitive evening run, held under BIC’s state-of-the-art floodlights, which ended with up to three drivers of having a chance to capture the top spot.

Vettel was a mere 0.041s quicker than Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, and just 0.066s ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull in third place.

Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was ranked fourth 1.168s off Vettel’s pace, while Lewis Hamiltoin of Mercedes, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Felipe Massa of Williams and Max Verstappen of Red Bull completed the top eight.

Each of the leading eight drivers had better laps in the second practice than Vettel’s leading lap in the first.

Vettel’s best lap in the opening session was 1:32.697. He was 0.400s faster than Ricciardo and 0.869s in front of the other Bull of Verstappen.

Sergio Perez of Force India was classified fourth, the Williams pairing of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were fifth and sixth, respectively, Esteban Ocon of Force India was seventh and Fernando Alonso of McLaren rounded out the top eight.

Formula 1 action resumes on Saturday afternoon with a third practice session starting at 3pm. Qualifying will then be held from 6pm to 7pm under floodlights.

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