F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2023: Time, schedule, TV channel, for race week

The first race of the 2023 Formula One season gets underway in Bahrain on March 5.

In what should be an exciting curtain raising race given how little we know about the team’s cars in terms of strengths, weaknesses and reliability for the 2023 campaign. The action starts with FP1 and FP2 on Friday March 3.

We’ll also see newcomers Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant make their competitive debuts in the sport for McLaren and Williams respectively. As well as plenty of well-known faces making their first starts for their new teams.

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2023: Time, schedule, TV channel, for race week

For everything you need to know this weekend in terms of session times, TV coverage and streaming services, The Sporting News has you covere.

It’s lights out and away we go on another Formula One season.

Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix marks the first of 23 races in what will be the longest. F1 season in history. Which driver will come out on top in the maiden event of 2023?

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2023: Time, schedule, TV channel, for race week

Teams have already been in Sakhir, Bahrain for more than a week for preseason testing that included nearly all 20 drivers log a significant number of laps in their brand-new 2023 cars. Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was the lone driver who did not participate and his status for Sunday’s race is questionable after an offseason bicycle accident. Reserve driver Felipe Drugovich, the 2022 Formula 2 champion, would step in if Stroll is unable to drive.

When is the F1 race in Bahrain?
The 2023 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is Sunday, March 5 and starts at 10 a.m. ET (6 p.m. local) at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.

What TV channel are the F1 Bahrain race, qualifying and practice on?
ESPN will broadcast the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 5. Qualifying, as well as the three free-practice sessions, will be shown on the ESPN family of networks on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4.

Will there be a live stream of the F1 race in Bahrain?

The 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix can be live-streamed via ESPN.com, the ESPN app or through services such as ESPN+, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling and YouTube TV. Track sessions can also be streamed on-demand via F1 TV.

Who holds the lap record at the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Pedro de la Rosa of Spain holds the lap record at Bahrain International Circuit, completing a 2.2-mile lap in 1:31.447 during the 2005 season with McLaren.

Who won the F1 race in Bahrain last year?
Charles Leclerc of Monaco won the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix for Ferrari last season. The win came after both Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez failed to finish the race due to mechanical problems with their Red Bull cars.

What is the starting grid for the 2023 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Max Verstappen takes the first pole position of the 2023 season. He’s joined on the front row by his Red Bull teammate, Sergio Pérez. American driver Logan Sargeant will make his Formula 1 debut from the 16th position for Williams.

Here is the starting grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix based on the Saturday qualifying session. (Car number in parentheses):

1. (1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

2. (11) Sergio Pérez, Red Bull

3. (16) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

4. (55) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

5. (14) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin

6. (63) George Russell, Mercedes