What time is the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2023? TV channel and live stream details
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F1 returns this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix - the opening race of the 2023 season. Here is when qualifying and the race will get underway, as well as the live stream details.
The sport has arrived at the familiar location of Sakhir, Bahrain, which has hosted an F1 race in every season since 2004.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who is defending the title he won in 2022, is favourite to win the Grand Prix. Team-mate Sergio Perez topped the timesheets in first practice.
But Verstappen and Perez could face strong competition from Aston Martin, who emerged from testing as one of the fastest teams on the grid. Fernando Alonso was quickest in second practice in his Aston Martin.
Mercedes, meanwhile, look to be slightly off the pace of the frontrunners after practice, with Lewis Hamilton six tenths behind Alonso in FP2. Ferrari are hoping to be competitive ahead of a Grand Prix in which they recorded a one-two finish last season.
Here are all the details you need to know ahead of the race:
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2023: What is the UK start time?
Qualifying for the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix will get underway at 3pm UK time on Saturday, and is scheduled to last around one hour.
The format of qualifying is the same as last season. There will be three sessions, with Q1 lasting for 18 minutes, Q2 lasting for 15 minutes and Q3 - the top 10 shootout - lasting for 12 minutes.
The race on Sunday, meanwhile, also starts at 3pm UK time.
How can I watch the action on TV?
The 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK. Both qualifying and the race will be shown on the Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event channels.
Is there a live stream?
You can also watch the action live on NOW TV with an active subscription. To find out more about how to watch NOW TV, click here.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will also be available to view on Sky Go with an active subscription, if you are unable to watch the action live on TV.