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Sport F1 Sakhir GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

22:55  04 december  2020
22:55  04 december  2020 Source:   autosport.com

Haas to allow Grosjean to make call on racing next weekend at Sakhir GP

  Haas to allow Grosjean to make call on racing next weekend at Sakhir GP Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner says he will support any decision Romain Grosjean makes about participating in next week's Sakhir Grand PrixSteiner insisted that he wouldn't speculate about possible replacement drivers until he's talked to the Frenchman face-to-face today.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch all the key action from the opening practice session of the Sakhir GP . Discover more news. Earlier this week George Russell thought he would be driving a Williams in this FP 1 REPORT: Russell impresses with quickest time on first Mercedes outing as drivers get to grips with Bahrain's F 1 FANTASY: How to maximise points in a race without Hamilton – tips for the Sakhir GP .

Here's how you can watch the Sakhir Grand Prix and when to catch it. It's been dubbed an 'oval', but the configuration for this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix is more like a winding, high-speed blast through F 1 FANTASY: How to maximise points in a race without Hamilton – tips for the Sakhir GP .

George Russell topped both Friday practice sessions for Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's stand-in ahead of the Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix. Here's how and when to watch qualifying.

Sakhir GP qualifying: start time, how to watch © LAT Images Sakhir GP qualifying: start time, how to watch

With Hamilton ruled out of action after testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Russell has impressed while adapting to the Mercedes W11 having been granted permission from Williams to act as the seven-time F1 world champion's replacement for this weekend.

Russell set the fastest time in both Friday practice sessions as Valtteri Bottas appeared to struggle in the sister Mercedes. The Finn had a succession of soft tyre lap times deleted for track limits in FP2, which ultimately left him down in 11th place.

Hamilton replacement Russell fastest at Sakhir start

 Hamilton replacement Russell fastest at Sakhir start In the stress test on the ultra-short Sakhir oval, Formula 1 without leader Lewis Hamilton threatens the next risky race. © Hamad Mohammed / Pool Reuters / AP / dpa Set the fastest time in the first training session in Sakhir: George Russell. One week after Romain Grosjean's terrifying fire accident, the still shocked field of drivers is pushing their way onto the previously unused external circuit of Bahrain.

Live blog. Watch F 1 TV. George Russell continued the impressive start to his Mercedes debut at the Sakhir Grand Prix, leading his second straight session of Friday in Free Practice 2, as Red READ MORE : Sakhir GP not a shoot-out between Russell and Bottas for 2022 Mercedes seat, insists Wolff.

Click here to find out how to watch qualifying , when it starts and more . Sakhir GP . With the reversed grid proposal rejected by Mercedes, F 1 will rely on the traditional qualifying system to determine the grid for what would be the first of two races to be held at the Austrian circuit on

Red Bull's Max Verstappen acted as Russell's closest rival, as Racing Point's Sergio Perez slotted into third place at the end of the second session ahead of Esteban Ocon in the Renault.

Friday turned into a tricky day for Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel suffering two spins in the second session while team-mate Charles Leclerc did not set a lap time due to damaging a driveshaft.

Further back, Pietro Fittipaldi ended the day 18th fastest ahead of his F1 debut as he steps in for the injured Romain Grosjean at Haas, with the French driver hoping to return next weekend in Abu Dhabi after his fiery crash at the Bahrain GP.

Jack Aitken finished FP2 in 19th place, only ahead of Leclerc, as he stands in at Williams with Russell in action for Mercedes.

Verstappen denies Mercedes Sakhir practice clean sweep, Russell seventh

  Verstappen denies Mercedes Sakhir practice clean sweep, Russell seventh UK-MOTOR-F1-SAKHIR:Verstappen denies Mercedes Sakhir practice clean sweep, Russell seventhThe Dutchman lapped the shorter 3.5-km outer layout of the floodlit Bahrain International Circuit in 54.064 seconds to go 0.206 seconds clear of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

Sakhir , Bahrain. 1 day, 23 hours and 11 minutes. f 1 calendar.com f 1 countdown.com. Aaah right, I didnt watch so I didn't know. I think more impressively than just time was he had a clean session. These cars are harder than most F 1 cars in the last 30ish years (since driver aids started showing up in F 1 ).

How can I watch qualifying ? Formula 1 is broadcast live in nearly every country around the world. Europe: Qualifying for the British GP will be broadcast on both Sky Asia: Most of Asia is covered by Fox Sports, including India where F 1 is broadcast by sister channel Star Sports Select 2. Fuji TV Next

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: Sakhir GP qualifying: start time, how to watch © LAT Images Sakhir GP qualifying: start time, how to watch

Why is F1 racing in Bahrain again?

Due to the redrafted 2020 F1 calendar following the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent cancellation of 13 races, series bosses have scrambled to produce a campaign of a minimum of eight races to meet FIA world championship criteria along with reaching a minimum of 15 races to fulfil the TV broadcasting deal.

As well as hosting double-headers at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone, F1 has also visited venues not on the original 2020 calendar, with Istanbul Park having been the fifth of the new destinations last month, following on from Mugello, the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola.

Bahrain's second race becomes the final new addition to the 2020 F1 calendar, with the season wrapping up next weekend with the Abu Dhabi GP.

What is the Sakhir GP?

The previous 'new' races on the redrawn 2020 F1 calendar were either part of double-headers at the same circuit (Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring and 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone) or races taking a new name as the national race title was already used or unavailable.

Russell still pressing wrong buttons in Mercedes during Sakhir GP qualifying

  Russell still pressing wrong buttons in Mercedes during Sakhir GP qualifying George Russell has revealed he accidentally pressed his Mercedes car's neutral button during qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix, as he continues to adapt to his temporary Formula 1 environment . © LAT Images Russell pressed wrong button in Sakhir qualifying Russell qualified second behind Valtteri Bottas for the inaugural Sakhir race, which will take place on the 'outer looper' layout at the Bahrain International circuit, finishing just 0.026s from pole on his first outing for Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's stand-in.

Watch F 1 TV. RACE DEBRIEF. Standing at 3.5km – just 0.2km more than Monaco – but made up of three flat-out straights joined together by a section of sweeping corners, simulations have predicted lap times in qualifying of around 54 seconds, while because of the track’s short length, the race will run

Sakhir . Bahrain. 6 Dec. Qualifying for Turkish GP starts at 3pm local time (12pm GMT), using the regular Q 1 , Q2 and Q3 knockout session format. How can I watch qualifying ? In the United Kingdom every F 1 practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F 1 , with qualifying


Video: Lewis Hamilton tests positive for Covid and will miss Sakhir grand prix (Wales Online)

With different races not allowed the same name in the same F1 world championship season, the Nurburging's F1 race, Mugello's F1 race, Imola's F1 race and the Red Bull Ring's second F1 race were named after the region the circuits are each situated in. The second Silverstone race was named as a way to celebrate the 70th year of the F1 grand prix world championship.

The final unique race name for the unconventional 2020 calendar is the second Bahrain race, which is called the Sakhir GP, which is also named after the region the track is based.

a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Sakhir GP qualifying: start time, how to watch © LAT Images Sakhir GP qualifying: start time, how to watch

What is the Bahrain outer loop circuit?

The Sakhir GP will also be unique as it is being run on a different track layout to last weekend's Bahrain GP, using the Bahrain International Circuit's outer loop.

Taking advantage of the shaken-up 2020 calendar, F1 has seized the opportunity to try out new formats and ideas - including the two-day race weekend schedule at Imola - with the latest trial being Bahrain's "almost oval track", as called by F1 managing director for motorsports Ross Brawn.

Second on the F1 grid not a joke for Russell anymore

  Second on the F1 grid not a joke for Russell anymore UK-MOTOR-F1-SAKHIR-RUSSELL:Second on the F1 grid not a joke for Russell anymoreMANAMA (Reuters) - Four days ago George Russell would have dismissed the prospect of being on the front row of the Formula One grid as a joke but on Saturday he found himself very nearly on pole position for the Sakhir Grand Prix.

The track configuration follows the current grand prix layout up to Turn 4, after which it turns left before a series of fast corners.

The cars then rejoin the existing circuit at the top of the hill leading onto the back straight before completing the lap as normal with the double-apex right-hander.

At just 2.277 miles, the outer loop is more than a mile shorter than the current grand prix circuit, but holds an FIA Grade 1 licence required to stage an F1 event.

What time does qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix start?

Qualifying for Sakhir GP starts at 8pm local time (5pm GMT), using the regular Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.

Qualifying starts three hours later compared to last week's Bahrain GP, with organisers opting for a different setting with a complete night race compared to the twilight atmosphere from last weekend.

Date: Saturday 5 December 2020

Start time: 8pm local time - 5pm GMT

How can I watch qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every F1 practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with qualifying coverage starting at 4pm GMT.

Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of qualifying for the Sakhir GP at 9:30pm GMT. Autosport will be running a live text coverage of qualifying.

What's the weather forecast for qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit?

F1 drivers and teams downplay chances of chaotic Sakhir GP

  F1 drivers and teams downplay chances of chaotic Sakhir GP Formula 1 drivers and team figures have played down the prospect of the Sakhir Grand Prix delivering the chaotic overtaking-fest that some have hoped for . © LAT Images F1 figures downplay chances of chaotic Sakhir GP While predictions ahead of the weekend pointed to a troubled qualifying session with cars tripping over each other on the short outer loop layout, all three sessions on Saturday passed without trouble.

Mostly clear conditions are forecast for Saturday evening at the Bahrain International Circuit and it is expected to remain dry despite throughout.

Temperatures are set to be 23 degrees Celsius at the start of qualifying - around two degrees Celsius cooler than qualifying for last weekend's Bahrain GP due to the later start time.

Sakhir GP FP2 result:

PosDriverTeamGap
1George RussellMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team54.713s
2Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing0.128s
3Sergio PerezBWT Racing Point F1 Team0.153s
4Esteban OconRenault DP World F1 Team0.227s
5Alexander AlbonAston Martin Red Bull Racing0.323s
6Daniil KvyatScuderia AlphaTauri Honda0.355s
7Lance StrollBWT Racing Point F1 Team0.391s
8Daniel RicciardoRenault DP World F1 Team0.411s
9Pierre GaslyScuderia AlphaTauri Honda0.420s
10Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren F1 Team0.545s
11Valtteri BottasMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team0.608s
12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN0.771s
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN0.820s
14Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team1.025s
15Nicholas LatifiWilliams Racing1.071s
16Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1.117s
17Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1.318s
18Pietro FittipaldiHaas F1 Team1.397s
19Jack AitkenWilliams Racing1.547s
20Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari-

Mercedes fixes radio loophole after Sakhir GP blunder .
Mercedes has put fixes in place to avoid a repeat of the radio issue that led to its Formula 1 pit stop blunder at the Sakhir Grand Prix last weekend . © LAT Images Mercedes fixes radio loophole after Sakhir pit blunder Mercedes ran 1-2 through most of the race at the Bahrain International Circuit as COVID-positive Lewis Hamilton's stand-in George Russell led from Valtteri Bottas, only for a safety car to prompt the team to try and double-stack its cars.But a radio issue meant Russell's side of the garage did not hear the call to say he was pitting, resulting in the wrong tyres being taken to his car.

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