Do Formula One rule changes spoil things? They certainly haven't in previous years.
Recent Bahrain Grands Prix have been held in defiance of a welter of international criticism, because of the country's treatment of pro-democracy protesters. In 2011, civil unrest had led to the race's cancellation. The event is held at the $150m Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, designed by Hermann Tilke and opened in 2004. As well as the characteristic long straight into a hairpin, it is known for its safety record and versatility - it can be converted into a drag racing track or testing oval.
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- Friday 4 April10:00 AM – 03:30 PM
There are three free practice sessions at every Formula One grand prix to allow drivers to familiarize themselves with the circuit and for teams to set-up the cars for qualifying and the race.
- Saturday 5 April02:00 PM
The one-hour Qualifying session is a knockout contest to decide the starting order for Saturday’s race. The session is divided into three parts: Q1, Q2, Q3.
- Sunday 6 April03:00 PM
No stranger to controversy, the Bahrain Grand Prix has the unfailing support of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone who remains determined to keep politics out of sport and bring elite motorsport to Asia.