The 2018 Formula One season has got off to quite a start. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took first place at the Australian GP two weeks ago, despite looking a little shaky in practice, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton came second, despite stunning everybody with his ludicrous times in qualifying.
And so we move on Bahrain, and the second race of the 2018 calendar. Here’s our guide on how to catch the action from the UK, including channels and times for practice races, qualifying and, of course, the main event.
You’ll be pleased to hear that there are no early morning starts this time around.
Bahrain Grand Prix Schedule: What time is the F1 on TV?
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo recorded the fastest time in the first practice session, followed by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen came out in front in both the second and third practice sessions.
His teammate Vettel, however, has taken pole position, with Raikkonen qualifying in second place and fellow Finn Bottas in third spot. Hamilton, meanwhile, will start in ninth place, despite being the fourth quickest in qualifying. The Brit has been slapped with a grid penalty for an unauthorised gearbox change, and has a big challenge ahead of him.
Here’s the full Bahrain GP schedule (all times BST):
Thursday April 5
1pm – Drivers’ Press Conference
8.45pm – Paddock Uncut: Bahrain
Friday April 6
11.45am – Bahrain GP Practice One build-up
12pm – Bahrain GP Practice One
2pm – Team Principals’ Press Conference
3.45pm – Bahrain GP Practice Two build-up
4pm – Bahrain GP Practice Two
Saturday April 7
12.45pm – Bahrain GP Practice Three build-up
1pm – Bahrain GP Practice Three
3pm – Bahrain GP Qualifying build-up
4pm – Bahrain GP Qualifying
5.45pm – The F1 Show
Sunday April 8
2.30pm – Bahrain GP Pit Lane
3.30pm – Bahrain GP On the Grid
4.10pm – THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
6.30pm – Bahrain GP Paddock
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Bahrain GP: How to watch the race online and on TV
Sky and Channel 4 have both got TV rights for the 2018 season, and the Bahrain GP is one of 10 races that will be shown by both broadcasters.
Sky is showing all of the events listed above, while Channel 4 is sticking to the practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself.
If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can tune in – in 4K, no less – on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1. You can also catch the action by using the Sky Go mobile app, at no additional charge. Here are some quick-links to help you:
Alternatively, you can watch all of the key events for free on Channel 4. The first practice session was shown live on Channel 4 at 11:55am on Friday 6 April, and the second practice session was on More 4 at 3:55pm on the same day. On Saturday 7 April, it had the third practice session at 1pm, and qualifying at 2:55pm.
On race day, live coverage begins at 3pm. You can also keep up with the action online through the All 4 website, and on your mobile with the All 4 app for both iOS and Android.
Here are some more quick-links to help you:
And finally, if you’re not a Sky customer, but desperately don’t want to miss a moment of the action, you can pick up a NOW TV Sports Pass, which will set you back either £6.99 (for a Day Pass) or £10.99 (for a Week Pass). The Week Pass is obviously the best value for F1 fans, especially if you’re planning to watch everything that goes down from Thursday to Sunday.
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