2024 Bahrain GP Schedule & Start Times

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

2024 Bahrain GP schedule

The 2024 Bahrain GP takes place from Thursday 29th February to Saturday 2nd March at Bahrain International Circuit.

It’s one of only 3 races this season where the Grand Prix is held on a Saturday. 

2024 Bahrain Grand Prix dates

The 2024 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend starts on Thursday the 29th February and finishes on Saturday the 2nd March.

The Bahrain GP takes place at Bahrain International Circuit and is the opening race of the season.

Use the live F1 countdown timer to see exactly how it is until the Bahrain Grand Prix

Saturday Race

The Grand Prix will be held on Saturday evening rather than the more usual Sunday. That’s been done to allow time for the beginning of Ramadan after the next event in the calendar, Bahrain.

Bahrain Grand Prix race weekend format

The 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix will be a traditional Formula 1 weekend format of 3 practice sessions, qualifying and the race. It will not include a sprint race.

Below is the format and duration of the different F1 sessions during the Bahrain GP weekend:

Thursday 29th February:

  • Free Practice 1 (60 mins)
  • Free Practice 2 (60 mins)

Friday 1st March:

  • Free Practice 3 (60 mins)
  • Qualifying – Q1 / Q2 / Q3 (60 mins)

Saturday 2nd March:

  • Grand Prix (57 laps or 120 mins)

2024 Bahrain F1 qualifying time

Qualifying for the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on Friday 1st March at 19:00 (7pm) local time and will last a total of 60 minutes.

Qualifying will be split in to three separate sessions – Q1, Q2 and Q3.

All 20 drivers will take part in Q1. Of those, only the fastest 15 will progress to Q2. Then only the top 10 fastest drivers from Q2 will then move on to the final 10 minute shootout in Q3.

2024 Bahrain GP start time

The 2024 Bahrain GP will start at 18:00 (6pm) local time on Saturday 2nd March.

The Grand Prix will last for either 57 laps or 120 minutes, whichever is shorter.

Bahrain Grand Prix Schedule 2024

Below is the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix schedule for all practice, qualifying and race sessions during the weekend.

2024 Bahrain Grand Prix F1 Schedule
Thursday 29th February Local Time UK Time
Practice 1 14:30 - 15:30 11:30 - 12:30
Practice 2 18:00 - 19:00 15:00 - 16:00
Friday 1st March
Practice 3 15:30 - 16:30 12:30 - 13:30
Qualifying - Q1 / Q2 / Q3 19:00 - 20:00 16:00 - 17:00
Saturday 2nd March
Grand Prix 18:00 15:00

What time is the Bahrain F1 race in my country?

The Bahrain Grand Prix takes place at Bahrain Internationl Circuit. This is in the Arabian Standard Time zone (AST) which is GMT+3.

Below are the start times for all Formula 1 sessions over the Bahrain Formula 1 weekend in a number of other time zones.

Session Bahrain
(AST)
Pacific Time
(PT)
Central Time
(CT)
Eastern Time
(ET)
UK Time
(GMT)
European Time
(CET)
Australia Eastern
Time
(AEDT)
Practice 1 14:30 - 29 Feb 03:30 05:30 06:30 11:30 12:30 22:30
Practice 2 18:00 - 29 Feb 07:00 09:00 10:00 15:00 16:00 02:00+1
Practice 3 15:30 - 1 Mar 04:30 06:30 07:30 12:30 13:30 23:30
Qualifying 19:00 - 1 Mar 08:00 10:00 11:00 16:00 17:00 03:00+1
Grand Prix 18:00 - 2 Mar 07:00 09:00 10:00 15:00 16:00 02:00+1

What channel is the Bahrain GP on?

UK fans will be able to watch footage of the Bahrain Grand Prix live on the Sky Sports F1 channel. You need a paid subscription to do this. Pre-race build up usually starts about 60 minutes prior to the start of the Grand Prix.

Highlights of the race will be available for free on Channel 4  in the evening on Saturday 2nd March.

Information on international TV coverage of the F1 can be found on the official Formula 1 website.

Going to the race yourself?

Check out my advice on what to wear to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

If you’re planning on attending the live music performances, check out the Bahrain F1 concert lineup and schedule for more information.

Detailed Bahrain F1 & motorsport schedule

As well as the Formula 1 there will be other support races hitting the track during the weekend.

For 2024 the support races are:

  • FIA Formula 3
  • FIA Formula 2
  • Porsche Carrera Cup  Middle East
Below is the full schedule for the weekend including all suport races. Time are in local times.
Thursday 29th February
09:45 - 10:30 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East First Practice Session
10:55 - 11:40 FIA Formula 3 Practice Session
12:05 - 12:50 FIA Formula 2 Practice Session
13:00 - 14:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
13:00 - 14:00 Paddock Club Track Tour
13:00 - 14:00 FIA F1 Car Presentation
14:30 - 15:30 FORMULA 1 FIRST PRACTICE SESSION
16:00 - 16:30 FIA Formula 3 Qualifying Session
16:00 - 17:00 Formula 1 Teams' Press Conference
16:45 - 17:35 Paddock Club Track Tour
16:45 - 17:35 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
17:15 - 17:45 FIA Formula 3 Press Conference
18:00 - 19:00 FORMULA 1 SECOND PRACTICE SESSION
19:30 - 20:00 FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session
20:25 - 21:10 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East Second Practice Session
21:30 - 22:00 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
Friday 1st March
12:05 - 12:35 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East Qualifying Session
13:15 - 14:00 FIA Formula 3 Sprint Race (19 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)
14:15 - 14:45 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice
14:15 - 15:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
14:15 - 15:00 Paddock Club Track Tour
14:20 - 14:50 FIA Formula 3 Press Conference
15:30 - 16:30 FORMULA 1 THIRD PRACTICE SESSION
17:15 - 18:05 FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
18:10 - 18:40 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
18:10 - 18:40 Paddock Club Track Tour
18:25 - 18:55 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
19:00 - 20:00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION
20:00 - 21:00 Formula 1 Press Conference
20:45 - 21:15 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East First Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins)
21:20 - 22:20 F1 Experiences Champions Club Grid Walk & Trophy Photo
Saturday 2nd March Schedule
12:10 - 13:00 FIA Formula 3 Feature Race (22 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
13:40 - 14:45 FIA Formula 2 Feature Race (32 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)
15:05 - 15:35 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
15:10 - 15:40 Porsche Carrera Cup  Second Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins)
15:55 - 16:55 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
16:00 - 16:30 Formula 1 Drivers' Parade
17:46 - 17:48 Formula 1 National Anthem
17:48 - 17:49 Air Display Gulf Air Fly Past
18:00 - 20:00 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (57 LAPS OR 120 MINS)

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

leave a comment

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Join the oversteer48 Inside Line

I’ll share all this with you (and more) for free:

  • Tips for getting hold of F1 tickets, even if they appear sold-out 
  • Updated travel guides and info in the run up to the big race weekends
  • Link you up with a huge community of F1 fans travelling to each race