F1 Schedule: Where to Watch and What Time Is the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix?

Published 03/22/2021, 7:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The 2021 F1 season, for the second year in a row, will not kick off at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit. Instead, the 2021 season will flag off with the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix. The Bahrain International Circuit had also played host to the three-day pre-season testing program between March 14-16.

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During the 2020 season, the Bahrain  Grand Prix was held near the end of the 2020 season as the first of a double-header in Bahrain with the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix taking place the subsequent week in the Outer Circuit.

The Bahrain Grand Prix normally takes place on the Grand Prix Circuit configuration, which is 5.412 km long. The Circuit has seen Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel prevail four times each, with Hamilton gunning for his fifth win here to cement the record at this circuit.

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When and where to catch the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix in the US and UK?

For UK viewers of F1, they can catch the live-action of the 2021 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix on the Sky Sports F1 channel at 16:00 GMT on March 28. To whet their appetite for the race, they can also watch the three F2 races happening over the weekend.

F2 have made a change to their calendar and have scheduled three races over the course of the weekend.

The first F2 race can be watched on Sky Sports F1 at 10:25 GMT on March 27. The second F2 race will also take place on the same day and broadcast on the same channel at 16:40 GMT. The third F2 race will take place on March 28 at 11:50 GMT and broadcast on Sky Sports F1.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – NOVEMBER 29: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

For US fans, they can catch the F1 race on March 28 at 11:00 EST. It will be broadcast on the ESPN2 channel. For viewers in the US who don’t have access to ESPN, they can also catch the action on F1 TV Pro. Unfortunately, US fans won’t be able to catch the F2 action.

What storylines to look forward to in Bahrain?

The biggest storyline will have to be the expected battle between Red Bull and Mercedes at Bahrain. This comes on the back of Red Bull’s blistering run in testing just two weeks ago.

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Will Mercedes’ troubles in testing follow them into the season-opener at Bahrain? Only time will tell.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

One team which needs to be watched closely is the Honda-powered AlphaTauri. The AlphaTauris showed ample pace when they were put through their paces in the test.

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The 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix has the potential to be one of the memorable season-openers in F1 ever. If the above storylines stay true to form, they could set the stage for an epic season to come.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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