Bahrain Grand Prix 2020

2020 Race Status: POSTPONED (new date to be announced)
Date: March 20, 2020 - March 22, 2020
City: Sakhir, Bahrain
Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit
Official Name: FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2020

In 2004, Sakhir became known for hosting the first Formula One Grand Prix race in the Middle East. Held at the Bahrain International Circuit, spectators are not far from the busy City Centre Bahrain, which is a main district of stores, restaurants, and entertainment. 

Plenty of sightseeing can be done around the circuit, but much of the action takes place in Manama on the northeast tip of the country. The Bahrain Grand Prix brings a variety of entertainment to Bahrain so that spectators are not left struggling to fill their time.

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RACE INFO & SCHEDULE

Get all the info you need for race week! The race schedule, events, track activities, how to get to the track, what's allowed or prohibited at the track, and many more frequently asked questions.

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VISITOR & TOURIST INFORMATION

AVERAGE RATES OF NEARBY HOTELS

  • 3-star: £100GBP/night ($129 USD)
  • 4-star: £150GBP/night ($194 USD)
  • 5-star: £200GBP/night ($258 USD)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING RACE WEEK

  • High of 25°C (77°F)
  • Low of 17°C (64°F)

CURRENCY

Bahrain uses the British Pound (GBP). Here are some common conversions:

  • United States Dollar: £1GBP = $1.30USD / $1USD = £0.77GBP
  • Euro: £1GBP= 1.20EUR / 1EUR = £0.83CAD
  • Canadian Dollar: £1GBP = $1.72CAD / $1CAD = £0.58GBP

LANGUAGES

The primary language spoken in Bahrain is Arabic, but English is also widely spoken.

 

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO

Outside of the Bahrain International Circuit, spectators will find venues full of local history, including:

  • The Bahrain National Museum
  • Remains of the Qal’at al-Bahrain Fort
  • Bab Al Bahrain

If weather permits, spectators can make use of nearby beaches or the Wahooo Water Park. There is an abundance of shopping near the City Centre of Bahrain. Visitors can also see the 400-year-old Tree of Life or the Bahrain World Trade Center.

THE CIRCUIT

Circuit Name: Bahrain International Circuit

Track Location: In the Sakhir desert, east of the Gulf of Bahrain

Distance from the Closest Airport: 28.8 km (17.9 mi) to Bahrain International Airport

Distance from Downtown: 31.6 km (19.6 mi) to Downtown Manama

Year Opened: 1996

First Grand Prix: 2004

 

The Bahrain International Circuit hosted the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004 and has hosted it every year the race has been run. Bahrain only missed one Grand Prix since the circuit’s opening due to the 2011 Bahraini protests. 

In 2010, the track was converted to an “Endurance Circuit” that extended the lap length. The configuration was used for only one year before being returned to its original form.

THE 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix

F1 enthusiasts will be traveling to Sakhir, Bahrain to witness first-hand the excitement and thrills of the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix. During the three-day span of March 28 to March 31, 2019, the streets of the Arab nation will fill with fans anticipating a heart-stopping race at the Bahrain International Circuit.

 

The 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix drew in a crowd of 95,000 fans over the race-day weekend and boasted one of the most thrilling races of the season. If the trend continues, the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix is going to be a fitting second race of the season.

 

The March 31 race unfolds at Bahrain International Circuit, which saw its first race 14 years ago. The 57-lap race spans 308 km, delivering on a race filled with exciting twists and turns to keep the grandstand roaring with life.

 

The 2019 race is the fifth time that Bahrain International Circuit has hosted a Grand Prix race. The island nation has enjoyed the tourism it’s drawn in and travelers have appreciated the hospitality shown to them. It also helps that Bahrain’s Formula 1 Village goes all out in turning the city into a sea of Grand Prix entertainment.

 

The city welcomes world-class entertainers from all over and delivers on an exciting weekend where the fun doesn’t stop, even after the checkered flag drops. Sakhir is known for spectacular displays, like life-size animatronic dinosaurs, F1 workshops, parades, and so much more. The Bahrain Grand Prix starts to feel more like a festival than a race, and here’s to hoping that never changes.

 

When not engrossed in the excitement of the 2019 Grand Prix, visitors can take a moment to explore the beautiful archipelago. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, archaeological digs, prehistoric cemeteries, and merchant-rich bazaars speckle Bahrain, promising not a dull moment for anyone that visits. The nation’s capital, Manama, has earned the titles of Capital of Arab Culture, Capital of Arab Tourism, and Capital of Asian Tourism and it shows through the food and art scene that adds a unique touch to the fascinating city.

 

If not for the F1 merchandise and fellow attendees boasting about the event, it would be easy to forget why you traveled to the Middle Eastern nation. With so much to see and do that stretches beyond the scope of the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix, it’s not a surprise when F1 attendees decide to stay an extra day or two to soak in the incredible nation.

 

Bahrain has earned the title of “Home of Motor Sports in the Middle East,” and the culturally rich island nation is not soon to give up that title. While the race itself is destined to draw in tens of thousands of spectators, the city itself is its own spectacle that 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix attendees will undoubtedly lose themselves in.