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F1 season begins in Bahrain, hunt for Verstappen is on

Bahreïn will be the theater, from Thursday to Saturday, the first Grand Prix of the new Formula 1 season. Triple reigning world champion, Max Verstappen will undoubtedly still be very difficult to beat. beat this year.

Will the 2024 Formula 1 season hold more suspense than the previous one ? We would like to say yes, but there is room for doubt. Untouchable last year, the Red Bull team, victorious in 21 of the 22 Grands Prix contested (a record), still seems to have a nice margin on the competition à at the end of the three days of official testing carried out between February 21 and 23 at Bahreïn. On the Sakhir circuit, which is hosting the first race of the season this weekend, the RB20 of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez showed its performance. that it would still be extremely competitive despite this. the risk taken by the Austrian team of changing the concept of the single-seater with in particular new pontoons for a vertical air inlet.

This at least indicates that the manufacturer does not intend to rest on its laurels. Yet its domination over other brands, à starting with the prestigious Mercedes and Ferrari teams, has never been equal in the history of Formula 1. Just like the #39;hegemony of a driver, Max Verstappen, crowned last year world champion for the third time in a row with a new record for points (575) and victories (18). The gap of 290 points with his runner-up in the drivers' standings – his teammate Sergio Perez – sums up to be a matter of course. he alone maintains the supremacy of the Dutchman. The only downside at Red Bull is "the Christian Horner affair", its boss, visé by an internal complaint for inappropriate behavior, even if an investigation was carried out within the stable ;eacute; dismissed, Wednesday, é the day before the first free practices of the season.

Does Red Bull's omnipotence mean that boredom will be the guest? redundant of the 24 Grands Prix of the 2024 calendar ? Probably not, but we will possibly have to look elsewhere than in the race à first place in the world championship the spice of a season without any rookies, which had not happened before until then than in 1951 and 1969. The fight for second place among manufacturers between Mercedes, Ferrari and even McLaren, the last season of Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of a Mercedes before ;#39;he does not join Ferrari à At the end of the year, the behavior of the Alpine team, for which the first official tests were held, was very positive. Worrying, the rumors of transfers which could concern several renowned drivers who will or could change teams (Perez, Sainz, Alonso, Ricciardo)… subjects worthy of # 39;interest will still be numerous.

With its 15 bends, its four straights and these 3 DRS zones, the Sakhir circuit, introduced to the calendar 20 years ago, can sometimes offer spectacular races, as was the case in 2022 during the duel & ;agrave; high speed between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen who had finally turned &agrav; the advantage of the Monegasque pilot. A Grand Prix à twists and turns, that's it! what Formula 1 would really need to properly launch a season that most observers consider quite monotonous. 

At what time to watch the Bahrain Grand Prixïn ?

Due to Ramadan, the start date of which was postponed. set for Sunday March 10 in the evening, the first two races of the season, scheduled in countries around the world. strong majority Muslim (Bahrain and Saudi Arabia), will exceptionally be played on a Saturday. The first day of the opening Grand Prix of the 2024 season will therefore take place on Thursday with the program of the 20 drivers the first two First free practice sessions. The start of the Grand Prix will be given at &agrav; 16 hours, so &agrav; 18 hours in the Persian Gulf country.

  • Free Trials 1 à 12:30 p.m. Thursday, February 29 (duration: 1 hour)
  • Free Trials 2 à 4 p.m. Thursday, February 29 (duration: 1 hour)
  • Free Trials 3 à 1:30 p.m. Friday March 1st (duration: 1 hour)
  • Qualifications à 5 p.m. Friday March 1st (duration: 1 hour)
  • Grand Prix à 4 p.m. Saturday March 2 (duration: 2 hours maximum)

Which TV channel to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix on?

The Bahrain Grand Prix will be broadcast exclusively on the channels of the Canal group, holder of the rights to the Formula 1 world championship. You will have to tune in to Canal+ Sport to watch the drivers battle it out in the first two races. res days while the Grand Prix, Saturday, will be broadcast on Canal+.

  • Thursday February 29: Free 1 12:15 p.m. + Free 2  à 3:45 p.m. on Canal+ Sport
  • Friday March 1: Free 3 à 1:15 p.m. + Qualifications & 4:40 p.m. on Canal+ Sport
  • Saturday March 2: éshow "La Grille" &agrav; 2:20 p.m. + Grand Prix & 4 p.m. on Canal+

What are the dates of the F1 Grands Prix in 2024?

The 2024 Formula 1 season will include 24 Grands Prix. It will begin at the end of February,   agrave; Bahrain, ending at the beginning of December at the beginning of December. Abu Dhabi. Here is the complete F1 2024 calendar with times given in French time:

  • 1. Bahrain GP (Sakhir): Saturday March 2, 2024 4 p.m.
  • 2. Saudi Arabia GP (Jeddah): Saturday March 9, 2024 6 p.m.
  • 3. Australian GP (Melbourne):Sunday March 24, 2024 7h
  • 4. Japanese GP (Suzuka) : Sunday April 7, 2024 à 7h
  • 5. Chinese GP (Shanghai): Sunday April 21, 2024 8h
  • 6. Miami GP (Miami): Sunday May 5, 2024 9 p.m.
  • 7. Emilia-Romagna GP (Imola): Sunday May 19, 2024 3 p.m.
  • 8. Monaco GP: Sunday May 26, 2024 3 p.m.
  • 9. Canadian GP (Montreal) : Sunday June 9, 2024 à 8 p.m.
  • 10. Spanish GP (Barcelona): Sunday June 23, 2024 3 p.m.
  • 11. Austrian GP (Spielberg): Sunday June 30, 2024 3 p.m.
  • 12. British GP (Silverstone): Sunday July 7, 2024 4 p.m.
  • 13. Hungarian GP (Budapest) : Sunday July 21, 2024 à 3 p.m.
  • 14. Belgian GP (Spa-Francorchamps) : Sunday July 28, 2024 3 p.m.
  • 15. Dutch GP (Zandvoort): Sunday 25 August 2024 3 p.m.
  • 16. Italian GP (Monza): Sunday September 1, 2024 3 p.m.
  • 17. Azerbaijani GP (Baku): Sunday September 15, 2024 1 p.m.
  • 18. Singapore GP (Marina Bay): Sunday September 22, 2024, à 2 p.m.
  • 19. US GP (Austin): Sunday October 20, 2024 9 p.m.
  • 20. Mexican GP (Mexico) : Sunday October 27, 2024 à 8 p.m.
  • 21. Brazilian GP (Interlagos): Sunday November 3, 2024 7 p.m.
  • 22. Las Vegas GP (Las Vegas) : Sunday, November 24, 2024 à 6h
  • 23. Qatar GP (Losail): Sunday October 1, 2024 3 p.m.
  • 24. Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina): Sunday December 8, 2024 2 p.m.
Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116