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Bahrain 2010 - Race information // Previewing the first stop on the brand new F1 calendar

Published by Mr. C

Formula One has returned! We are gearing up for the first race of the season and by all accounts, it's going to be a spectacular one. Although Bahrain has a lot to live up to, replacing Australia as the season opener, there is so much going on, it's bound to be a fantastic weekend.

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The weather

The long range forecast for the weekend suggests there will be nothing but sunshine for F1 to look forward too. Saturday might see a little cloud, but nothing that should make a difference to the action and the high appears consistent for both Saturday and Sunday.

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The circuit

This year, the Bahrain circuit sees the first major change to its layout since it began hosting F1 races in 2004. The track has been extended by nine corners and the number of laps reduced accordingly.

Circuit Information
LocationSakhir
TimezoneGMT +3
First Race2004
Total Grand Prix6
Laps49
Length6.299 km
Circuit Records
Pole Position1m 30.139sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Fastest Lap1m 30.252sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Race Time1hr 28m 34.875sMichael Schumacher (Ferrari)2004
Bahrain Circuit Map
Bahrain Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation

Event schedule

An F1 weekend comprises of events spanning three days. Action begins on Friday and ends on Sunday.

Event Schedule
DaySessionStart Time (GMT)Start Time (Local)
FridayFree Practice 107:0010:00
Free Practice 211:0014:00
SaturdayFree Practice 308:0011:00
Qualifying11:0014:00
SundayDrivers Parade10:3013:30
The Race12:0015:00

Support races for this event include GP2 Asia and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (GMT)Time (Local)Attendees
Thursday12:0015:00Fernando Alonso
Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton
Felipe Massa
Michael Schumacher
Friday13:0016:00Lucas Di Grassi
Nico Hülkenberg
Heikki Kovalainen
Robert Kubica
Sebastian Vettel
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Podcast schedule

Sidepodcast provides comprehensive coverage of every Grand Prix weekend with free audio podcasts.

Podcast Schedule
DayShowRelease Time (GMT)
WednesdayF1 Digest Preview21:00
F1 Minute21:00
ThursdayF1 Minute21:00
FridayF1 Minute21:00
SaturdayF1 Minute21:00
F1 Digest21:00
SundayF1 Minute21:00
MondayF1 Digest21:00
F1 Minute21:00
F1 Debrief21:00

Following live

A thread will be created on Sidepodcast.com for every session and every thread is live enabled, meaning you can follow along and contribute to the conversation without refreshing the page.

Additionally, for every session this weekend we'll be providing up-to-the-minute F1 information via the all new Factbyte Factbox.

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