Countdown begins

THE countdown to the Gulf Air Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix has begun, with 10 days to go before the start of the race weekend, from March 26 to 28.

Motorsport fans around the world will be watching the action at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, the first of a record 23 races on this year’s F1 calendar.

Fans got a taste of the action to come during last weekend’s pre-season testing held over three days at the track.

“The tests were the first time the 2021 contenders from all 10 F1 teams were on track at the same time,” a spokesperson from the BIC said in a statement yesterday.

“It was their sole chance to get an indication of how competitive their latest cars are ahead of race number one in Bahrain.”

Red Bull emerged as a favourite for the coming season with its driver Max Verstappen setting the fastest time of the session.

Midfield contenders like Alfa Romeo, Bahrain-owned McLaren and Alpine also showed their mettle with incredible pace and precise driving, making the coming season one of the most exciting in recent F1 history.

Those hungry for the action will get another taste this coming weekend as the Netflix series Drive to Survive releases its third season on the streaming platform on Friday.

This will be the first year that Bahrain will be featured in the series, with a closer look at the fiery crash involving former Haas driver Romain Grosjean, which made headlines around the world.

In addition to the F1 racing, two support series will provide plenty of action for fans with the FIA Formula 2 Championship, featuring some of F1’s potential future superstars, starting its 2021 season in the kingdom.

The BIC will also host the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East over the weekend and is set to draw top drivers from across the region.

Off the track, a wide range of fun activities across BIC’s F1 Village vending area, including a selection of wild outdoor rides and activities, have been lined up.

Tickets to the F1 weekend are now available at a single discounted price of BD100 across stands for the three-day event.

Covid-vaccinated and Covid-recovered individuals can purchase their tickets online at or at the new BIC stand at City Centre Bahrain.




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