Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Bahrain is hosting the opening round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch the Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying on March 27 in your country.

Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

While the Bahrain International Circuit offers plenty of opportunities for overtaking, qualifying will play an important role in determining the outcome of Sunday's grand prix.

Mercedes has been the dominant team of late at Sakhir, scoring five pole positions there since the start of the V6 hybrid era in 2014.

The German manufacturer locked out the front row in the Bahrain Grand Prix last year, with Lewis Hamilton leading teammate Valtteri Bottas. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon lined up third and fourth on the grid respectively.

What time does qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix start?

The first qualifying of the 2021 F1 season will get begin at 18:00 local time in Bahrain. The three-part session will last approximately one hour.

  • Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021 
  • Start time: 18:00 local time / 16:00 CET / 15:00 GMT / 11:00 ET / 8:00 PT / 00:00 JST (Sunday) / 2:00 (Sunday) / 20:30 IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

How can I watch qualifying?

Formula 1 is broadcast live in nearly every country around the world. 

Europe

  • UK - Sky Sports F1
  • Austria - Servus TV / ORF
  • Belgium - RTBF
  • Denmark - TV3 / TV3 Sport / Viasat
  • Finland - MTV
  • France - Canal+
  • Germany - Sky
  • Hungary - M4
  • Italy - Sky
  • Netherlands - Ziggo
  • Poland - Eleven Sports
  • Portugal - Eleven Sports
  • Spain - Movistar / DAZN
  • Sweden - Viasat
  • Switzerland - SRF / RSI / RTS

Americas

  • USA - ESPN
  • Canada - RDS / TSN / Discovery Velocity
  • Latin America - Fox Sports / ESPN

Asia

  • China - CCTV / Tencent / Guangdong TV
  • India - Star Sports
  • Japan - Fuji Television
  • Russia - Match TV
  • Turkey - S Sport
  • Rest of Asia - Fox Sports

Oceania

  • Australia - Fox Sports / Network 10
  • New Zealand - Spark Sports

Africa

  • Africa- SuperSport

Can I stream qualifying?

Viewers from selected countries can subscribe to F1 TV to stream qualifying on a device of their choice. Some local broadcasters such as Sky TV (UK) and Movistar (Spain) also offer their own on-demand service. 

Live commentary

Motorsport.com will bring the latest updates from Bahrain throughout the weekend, including live commentary during qualifying on Saturday.

Bahrain GP - FP1 results:

Cla # Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'31.394  
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'31.692 0.298
3 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'31.897 0.503
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'31.921 0.527
5 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'31.993 0.599
6 11 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'32.071 0.677
7 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'32.195 0.801
8 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'32.366 0.972
9 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'32.434 1.040
10 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'32.786 1.392
11 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'33.134 1.740
12 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'33.157 1.763
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'33.233 1.839
14 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'33.329 1.935
15 31 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'33.528 2.134
16 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'33.872 2.478
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 1'34.127 2.733
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'34.340 2.946
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'34.501 3.107
20 9 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'34.975 3.581

Bahrain GP - FP2 results:

Cla # Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'30.847  
2 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'30.942 0.095
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'31.082 0.235
4 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'31.127 0.280
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'31.218 0.371
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1'31.230 0.383
7 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1'31.294 0.447
8 18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1'31.393 0.546
9 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1'31.483 0.636
10 11 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 1'31.503 0.656
11 31 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 1'31.601 0.754
12 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'31.612 0.765
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'31.740 0.893
14 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1'31.769 0.922
15 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 1'31.770 0.923
16 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'31.862 1.015
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 1'32.331 1.484
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 1'33.297 2.450
19 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'33.400 2.553
20 9 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 1'33.449 2.602
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