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Photo: F1

The 2021 season begins with a duel in the desert, with Bahrain returning to its March slot on the calendar after a November race last year.

From the 2006 battle between Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso to Nico Rosberg's right against Lewis Hamilton in 2014, and an incident-strewn 2020 race that saw both Red Bulls make the podium behind Lewis Hamilton, Bahrain usually ensures an exciting contest, so you won't want to miss this one.

Bahrain Grand Prix 2021: Kick-off time

Photo: Buckinghamshire Live
Photo: Buckinghamshire Live

The first and second practices take place on Friday, March 26 – although instead of the two 90-minute sessions they are now two one-hour sessions – with final practice and qualifying taking place on Saturday, March 27. The race itself takes place on Sunday, March 28.

The first practice starts at 11.30 am GMT, with the second practice beginning at 3pm GMT. Final practice is at noon on Saturday and qualifying at 3pm GMT. The race itself starts at 4pm on the first day of British Summer Time. This means the clocks go forward one hour on Sunday morning. Hopefully, the reduced practice time leads to a) less dead time in practice and b) more unpredictable qualifying and races.

How to watch Bahrain Grand Prix 2021 on TV

Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team. Their qualifying coverage begins at 2pm BST on Saturday and their race coverage at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Channel 4 have highlights for this year with their equally excellent team. Their qualifying program starts at 6.30pm BST on Saturday and their race highlights are at 8.30pm on Sunday.

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Formula 1 live stream for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

For those who don't have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.

Below are links to each.

For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but are not in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2021 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.

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How to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix: live stream F1 in the UK

Sky has the rights to Formula 1 in the UK, meaning you'll be able to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Subscribers also get to watch on the move using the Sky Go app , which is available on nearly all modern phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and consoles.

For those without Sky, the best option is a Now TV Sky Sports Monthly Pass, which includes all 11 channels.

Coverage of the Bahrain GP begins on Sky Sports F1 at 11am GMT on Friday for the first practice runs, 11.45am on Saturday for Practice 3, 2pm for Qualifying, and 2.30pm BST Sunday for the Bahrain Grand Prix itself, which starts at 4pm.

To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you'll need to download a good VPN as detailed above.

F1 live stream: how to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix in the US

In the US, it's ESPN that's providing comprehensive coverage of the 2021 F1 season. Cord-cutters are in luck, too, as you can get ESPN without having an expensive cable package.

Of the many and varied options, the best for Formula 1 fans wanting to watch an F1 live stream is Sling TV, whose Sling Orange package features ESPN channels for just $35 a month - save big with the latest Sling TV deal.

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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2021: US times and TV coverage

This Sunday you can watch the Bahrain Grand Prix live from 11am ET / 8am PT on ESPN (build-up starts at 9.30am ET / 6.30am PT), while Qualifying goes live on TV at 10.55am ET / 7.55am PT on Saturday ahead of a 11am ET / 8am PT start.

For the truly dedicated, practice sessions will go on-air just before the start times listed above.

Watch a Bahrain Grand Prix F1 live stream abroad

New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad by checking out a quality VPN and following the instructions above.

How to watch the 2021 Bahrain GP: live stream F1 in Canada

In Canada, you can watch 2021 F1 action on English-language TSN or French-language RDS - but they're premium channels that typically come with a pay TV package.

If you get them as part of your cable deal, then you'll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to an F1 live stream.

If you don't have cable, you'll be well-served by their digital platforms. The TSN Direct and RDS Direct streaming services cost just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.

The Bahrain Grand Prix starts at 11am ET / 8am PT this Sunday, with Qualifying action on Saturday starting at 11am ET / 8am PT. Practice times are listed above and coverage is also being offered, going live just before the start of each session.

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How to watch F1 and get a Bahrain Grand Prix live stream in Australia

Aussie F1 fans need to prepare for a late one, as the Bahrain GP starts at 2am AEDT on Sunday night/Monday morning.

Paid-for TV network Fox Sports is showing every race of the 2021 Formula 1 season Down Under, including all of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix action.

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How to get an F1 Bahrain GP live stream in New Zealand

The Bahrain GP starts at a tricky time for F1 fans based in New Zealand, with the lights set to go out at 4am NZDT on Monday morning.

Spark Sport is showing all of this season's F1 races. It usually costs $19.99 per month, but if you just want to catch one race for free, you're in luck, as there's a 7-day free trial.

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Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC or Mac, plus Apple and Android mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, selected Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG TVs, and select Freeview streamers.

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F1 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix - Free Practice Results (1)

Full practice results for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, the opening round of the 2021 F1 world championship season.

1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m31.394s
2 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m31.692s
3 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m31.897s
4 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m31.921s
5 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m31.993s
6 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m32.071s
7 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m32.195s
8 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m32.366s
9 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m32.453s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m32.786s
11 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m33.134s
12 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m33.157s
13 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m33.233s
14 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m33.329s
15 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m33.528s
16 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team 1m33.872s
17 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m34.127s
18 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m34.340s
19 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m34.501s
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m34.975s

2021 Bahrain F1 Test - Fastest Time:

Max Verstappen Red Bull RB16B, 1m28.960s (Day 3)

2020 Bahrain GP Race - Fastest Lap:

Max Verstappen Red Bull RB16, 1m32.014s (Lap 48)

2020 Bahrain GP Pole Position:

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W11, 1m27.264s

2020 Bahrain GP FP3 Fastest Time:

Max Verstappen Red Bull RB16, 1m28.355s

2020 Bahrain GP FP2 Fastest Time:

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W11, 1m28.971s

2020 Bahrain GP FP1 Fastest Time:

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W11, 1m29.033s

Recent Bahrain Grand Prix F1 Winners:

2020: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2019: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2018: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2017: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2016: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2012: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2011: Not held

2010: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Schedule

In addition to around six hours of Formula 1, the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix will also mark the first race weekend of the new Formula 2 season with two races taking place on Saturday and a third race on Sunday. The single-make Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East series will also feature again this year.


• 12:10-12:40: Porsche GT3 Cup ME practice

• 13:05-13:50: FIA Formula 2 practice

• 14:30-15:30: Formula 1 free practice 1

• 15:55-16:25: Porsche GT3 Cup ME qualifying

• 16:50-17:20: FIA Formula 2 qualifying

• 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 free practice 2


• 13:25-14:15: FIA Formula 2 race one (34 laps or 45 minutes)

• 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 free practice 3

• 16:45-17:15: Porsche GT3 Cup ME race one (17 laps or 25 minutes)

• 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 qualifying

• 19:40-20:30: FIA Formula 2 race two (34 laps or 45 minutes)


• 13:50-14:55: FIA Formula 2 race three (TBC laps or 60 minutes)

• 15:20-15:50: Porsche GT3 Cup ME race two (17 laps or 25 minutes)

• 17:44-17:46: National Anthem

• 17:46-17:48: Gulf Air fly past TBC

• 18:00-20:00: Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix 2021

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