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How to watch Bahrain GP 2021

The Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT | 4 p.m. BST) today, Sunday, March 28. ESPN carries it in the U.S.
You can watch your country's coverage no matter where in the world you are by grabbing a VPN.

[Update: The Bahrain Grand Prix is now over. Click the link to find out how to watch an F1 live stream of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola]

The 2021 F1 season is getting underway — and if you want to know how to watch the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, you're in the right place. 

And what a race it should be: Max Verstappen of Red Bull will be on pole position ahead of the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, with Charles Leclerc of Ferrari in fourth. In total, seven teams are represented in an exciting and varied top 10.

This promises to be a historic season, with Hamilton bidding for a record eighth Formula One title and a raft of driver changes adding to the intrigue. 

The big one is double World Champ Fernando Alonso's return to the sport after two years away — he'll take a seat at the new Alpine team — but almost every team has changed personnel. Four-times champion Sebastien Vettel has moved to Aston Martin, the always entertaining Daniel Ricciardo has gone to McLaren and Carlos Sainz has joined Ferrari.

Plus, after Covid reduced the 2020 content to 16 Grands Prix, we have a full 23-race calendar to look forward; it should be a brilliant year.

The action starts at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. BST) today (Sunday, March 28) at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir — and you can watch it all live wherever you are. Read on to find out how to usher in a new year of F1 live streams and watch the 2021 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix live stream.

How to watch Bahrain Grand Prix with a VPN

Being away from home in another country doesn't mean you can't use the streaming service you already pay for to watch an F1 live stream. A virtual private network, or VPN, can help you connect to your desired service through a server in your country, so you can watch the race without needing to turn to a low-quality, glitchy workaround.

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How to watch Bahrain GP in the US

For those wanting to watch an F1 live stream of the Bahrain Grand Prix on TV in the U.S., the big race is on ESPN at 11:00 a.m. ET today (Sunday, March 26). 

You can also stream the race via the ESPN app, or on the Watch section of ESPN's website. However, you'll need to authenticate with your satellite, cable or live TV provider credentials to watch any sessions of the weekend. Formula 1 is not available on ESPN Plus, ESPN's standalone streaming service; you need access to live ESPN channels.

Just as with the previous three seasons, ESPN's F1 broadcast picks up the Sky Sports F1 feed. ESPN is available through most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services, including Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.

If you don't want to pay for live ESPN in some fashion or another, your only alternative is F1 TV Pro — F1's own official F1 live stream service, which also duplicates the Sky Sports feed. 

F1 TV Pro costs $10 monthly or $80 for the entire season. In addition to live streaming F1 events, it also offers access to Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races, as well as F1's historic archive of classic Grands Prix.

If you're not already a Sling TV subscriber, you'll want Sling Orange if you want to watch ESPN. It also includes the Disney Channel, ESPN2 and ESPN3. The service normally costs $30 a month, but new customers can get their first month for $20. 


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How to watch Bahrain GP in the UK

Sky Sports F1 is the home of Formula One for another season, and you'll be able to catch every minute of the Bahrain Grand Prix in up to 4K resolution there. 

You'll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch the F1 live stream: the Sky Sports F1 channel is available for £18 / month, and there are also packages available that give you extra channels for only a little extra. 

If you want to follow it in glorious 4K, you'll need to pay extra: you'll need a Sky Q set-top box and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total, you'd be looking at £45 / month, plus a £20 one-off payment if you're not an existing Sky subscriber.

A far cheaper option is to buy a Now Sports Pass. This will give you all 11 of the Sky Sports channels for a limited time, with pricing starting at £9.99 for a Day Pass and £33.99 for one month. There's no 4K available here though, sadly.

How to watch Bahrain GP in Canada

TSN airs all Formula 1 races in Canada, though F1 TV Pro remains an option for fans. All sessions are broadcast on TSN, and if you receive the network through your cable or satellite provider, you can use TSN Go by signing in with your TV service credentials.

Cord-cutters will want to check out TSN Direct, which comes in day- and month-long passes for $8 or $20 CAD, respectively. The TSN app will allow you to live stream the race from your phone, streaming box or supported device.

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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix practice, qualifying and race weekend schedule

The action started on Friday with the practice sessions and will culminate in the race today. Here's when you can catch it all.

Friday, March 26

  • Practice 1: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m GMT)
  • Practice 2: 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m GMT)

Saturday, March 27

  • Practice 3: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m GMT)
  • Qualifying: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m GMT)

Sunday, March 28

  • Race: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m BST)

Bahrain Grand Prix 2021: Starting grid

  • 1st Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 3rd Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • 4th Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • 5th Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
  • 6th Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
  • 7th Lando Norris (McLaren)
  • 8th Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  • 9th Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
  • 10th Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  • 11th Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  • 12th Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
  • 13th Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)
  • 14th Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
  • 15th George Russell (Williams)
  • 16th - Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  • 17th - Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
  • 18th - Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
  • 19th - Mick Schumacher (Haas)
  • 20th - Nikita Mazepin (Haas)

F1 2021 car and driver line-ups

Team

Driver 1

Driver 2

Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen (7)

Antonio Giovinazzi (99)

Alpha Tauri

Pierre Gasly (10)

Yuki Tsunoda (22)

Alpine

Fernando Alonso (14)

Esteban Ocon (31)

Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel (5)

Lance Stroll (18)

Ferrari

Charles Leclerc (16)

Carlos Sainz (55)

Haas

Nikita Mazepin (9)

Mick Schumacher (47)

McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo (3)

Lando Norris (4)

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton (44)

Valtteri Bottas (77)

Red Bull

Max Verstappen (33)

Sergio Perez (11)

Williams

George Russell (63)

Nicholas Latifi (6)

Full 2021 F1 calendar

DATE

GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT

COUNTRY

26-28 March

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain

16-18 April

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Autodromo Imola

Italy

30 April 2 May

Portuguese Grand Prix

Portimão Circuit

Portugal

7-9 May

Spanish Grand Prix

Catalunya Circuit

Spain

20-23 May

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit

Monte Carlo

4-6 June

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku street circuit

Azerbaijan

11-13 June

Canadian Grand Prix

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Canada

25-27 June

French Grand Prix

Circuit Paul Ricard

France

2-4 July

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring

Austra

16-18 July

British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit

Great Britain

30 July - 1 Aug

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring

Hungary

27-29 Aug

Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps Circuit

Belgium

3-5 Sept

Dutch Grand Prix

Circuit Zandvoort

Netherlands

10-12 Sept

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Italy

24-26 Sept

Russian Grand Prix

Sochi International Street Circuit

Russia

1-3 Sept

Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Circuit

Singapore

8-10 Oct

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka Circuit

Japan

22-24 Oct

US Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

United States

29-31 Oct

Mexico Grand Prix

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Mexico

12-14 Nov

Brazilian Grand Prix

Autodromo Interlagos

Brazil

19-21 Nov

Australian Grand Prix

Albert Park Circuit

Australia

26-28 Nov

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Jeddah

Saudi Arabia

3-5 Dec

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit

UAE