Formula 1’s final stretch of the 2020 season is a triple-header kicked off by the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The silverware for 2020 is now fully accounted for after Lewis Hamilton produced a stunning drive at a wet Turkish Grand Prix to go from P6 to victory, in the process claiming a record-equalling seventh World Championship.
But there is still another record left for Hamilton to try and match this season – if he wins the Bahrain GP, Sakhir GP and Abu Dhabi GP then he will tie the record for most wins in a season, currently held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel with 13 in 2004 and 2013 respectively.
And behind that, Ferrari have now joined the fight for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship, meaning a fierce battle between the Scuderia, Racing Point, McLaren and Renault will be played out at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix…
When is the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Practice 1: Friday November 27, 1400 local time (1100 British time)
Practice 2: Friday November 27, 1800 local time (1500 British time)
Practice 3: Saturday November 28, 1400 local time (1100 British time)
Qualifying: Saturday November 28, 1700 local time (1400 British time)
Race: Sunday November 29, 1710 local time (1410 British time)
Where does the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix take place?
The Bahrain International Circuit has played host to the Bahrain Grand Prix since the inaugural race in 2004.
Based in Sakhir, the ‘Grand Prix Circuit’ covers a distance of 3.363 miles and features 15 turns, and was the first Formula 1 race to be held in the Middle East.
Initially, the Bahrain Grand Prix was held during daylight hours but from 2014, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first staging of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the event became a night race.
Seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher had the honour of winning the first Bahrain Grand Prix for Ferrari in 2004, while Fernando Alonso was the first repeat winner of the race, taking P1 in 2005 and again in 2006 after seeing off Schumacher in a race-long battle, making 2006 one of the all-time classic Bahrain GPs.
The 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix can be uttered in the same sentence, as Lewis Hamilton came out on top against then Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a back-and-forth battle to the line.
Directions: How can I get to the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is situated just east of Bahrain’s capital, Manama. Bahrain’s Gulf Air is based there and offers direct flights from the Middle East, Europe and parts of Asia.
From there, a taxi is the best option since public transport does not service the circuit.
But it’s Bahrain after all, so how does a private chauffeur-driven car or limo sound? Also, note that the race organisers put on a free shuttle bus from the airport to the circuit and to/from selected hotels during race week.
Where can I watch the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports will show the entire race weekend on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV.
Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 will show extended highlights from qualifying and the race.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data throughout every session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from FP1 on Friday morning to the race on Sunday afternoon.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports, One (Network Ten)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Italia, TV8
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1
What are the odds for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Latest bookmaker information as expected shows that 2020 World Champion Lewis Hamilton is expected to come out on top at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Here are the leading odds from bet365:
1/4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
11/2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
40/1 Alex Albon (Red Bull)
(Last updated Saturday November 28)
What is the weather forecast for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix?
Friday, November 27: 27c, sunny spells
Saturday, November 28: 26c, cloudy
Sunday, November 29, 24c, sunny
What is the starting grid for 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix?
For the 98th time in his career, Lewis Hamilton bagged pole position. Joining him on the front row is a familiar face in Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes secured yet another 1-2 lock-out.
The full grid is as follows:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Alex Albon Red Bull
5 Sergio Perez Racing Point
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault
7 Esteban Ocon Renault
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
9 Lando Norris McLaren
10 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
12 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
13 Lance Stroll Racing Poin
14 George Russell Williams
15 Carlos Sainz McLaren
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas
19 Romain Grosjean Haas
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams
Which drivers have won the Bahrain Grand Prix?
Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver in the history of the Bahrain Grand Prix, winning on four occasions.
Two of those came with Red Bull in 2012 and 2013, while he then repeated the achievement with Ferrari in 2017 and 2018.
Ferrari are the most successful manufacturer with six wins at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but the dominant Mercedes outfit are not far behind on four.
The previous 10 winners of the Bahrain Grand Prix are as follows:
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)
2010 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
2009 – Jenson Button (Brawn)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, round 15 of 17 in the 2020 season, here is how both of the 2020 Championships look at the top end:
Lewis Hamilton – 307 points
Valtteri Bottas – 197 points
Max Verstappen – 170 points
Sergio Perez – 100 points
Charles Leclerc – 97 points
Mercedes – 504 points
Red Bull – 240 points
Racing Point – 154 points
McLaren – 149 points
Renault – 136 points
Ferrari – 130 points
Tyre choices for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) September 9, 2020
Featuring a challenging mix of fast, sweeping bends and tight apexes, Pirelli have responded by bringing some durable tyres to match.
The C2 tyres will be the hard compound, so one up from the hardest rubber in their range. The C3s have been selected as the mediums and the soft tyres will be the C4s.
Pirelli’s tyres range from C1 to C5 with the rubber getting softer and grippier as the number increases.