The Bahrain Grand Prix offers arguably the most laid-back atmosphere for fans on the entire F1® calendar. With capacity for just 45,000 fans, the Bahrain International Circuit (otherwise known as “Sakhir”) also delivers close racing under lights. Not only do the cars look great at night, but the cooler night-time temperatures make spectating in the desert that much more comfortable. Here’s our top tips for attending the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix!
Fly into Bahrain, Abu Dhabi or Dubai (not Doha)
Gulf Air is the flag carrier of Bahrain and offers many direct flights from all over the region, plus selected European, African and Asian routes. For a better selection of long-haul flights however, you may find it more convenient to fly into Dubai or Abu Dhabi, then get a quick connecting flight on to Bahrain.
Get a free Visa on Arrival
F1 fans can save a few dinars by picking up a free Visa on Arrival (VOA) on landing at Bahrain International Airport. Look for the special F1 lanes in immigration, and have your race tickets handy. Learn more on the Bahrain eVisa site.
F1® Experiences’ Pit Lane Walk
Get up close with the teams on Thursday evening with F1® Experiences’ as they prepare the new 2018 cars for the first practice sessions on Friday. With an Official Ticket Package, you’ll get to enjoy your own expert-led exclusive pitlane walk and Drive the Track Tour of Sakhir.
Stay for the concerts
The Bahrain organizers have followed Singapore and Abu Dhabi’s lead by staging concerts on Friday and Saturday nights. The headliners for 2018 have yet to be announced, but last year saw Enrique Iglesias and Steve Aoki performing. Stay tuned!
Watch the Formula 2 races!
Bahrain hosts the first two rounds of the new 2018 Formula 2 season on Grand Prix weekend. This super-competitive series is the main breeding ground for future F1 world champions and close racing is pretty much guaranteed. A feature race is held on Saturday afternoon and a sprint race on Sunday afternoon, just before the main event.
Explore the F1® Village behind the Main Grandstand
In a further nod to Singapore, the Bahrain organizers have recently stepped up the off-track entertainment program at Sakhir with roaming musicians, circus performers and comedians in the F1 Village area behind the Main Grandstand. You can also expect more fan-centric initiatives from the new owners of Formula 1, including driver interviews and autograph sessions on the main stage, as well as the usual merchandise stalls and interactive displays.
Discover the best of Bahrain
Bahrain may not have the bling of Abu Dhabi or Dubai, but it’s arguably more authentic and definitely more liberal. It also has some fascinating history to go with its skyscrapers and Manama was recently voted the best place in the world for expats. Add a day or two to your F1 weekend to take in the souks, museums and nearby islands.
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