Bahrain to run tenth anniversary race at night

Part of the WEC Bahrain 6 Hours was run under lights

Part of the WEC Bahrain 6 Hours was run under lights

Bahrain will become the third Formula 1 race which runs at night, as organisers spice up proceedings on the occasion of the 10th grand prix at the Sakhir venue.

The island kingdom was added to the F1 calendar in 2004. The event has not been trouble free – the 2011 race was cancelled due to serious political unrest. This year’s tenth edition of the race will start at 18:00 local time (15:00 GMT) and will be held entirely under floodlights like Singapore. Abu Dhabi runs a sunset to night race.

On Friday Practice 1 will start 14h00 (11:00 GMT) followed by Practice 2 at 18:00 (15:00 GMT). On Saturday Practice 3 will start  at 15:00 (12:00 GMT), with Qualifying at 18:00 (15:00 GMT).

The floodlights to be used for the grand prix were tested and evaluated at the final round of the World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Bahrain, in December.

Bahrain is also set to host pre-season testing on 19 to 22 February and 27 February to 2 March. (GP247)

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