Bahrain Grand Prix 2014: Dates, Start Times, TV Channels, Live Streaming for Qualifying, Race
The Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race started on April 4 with some practice runs.
Qualifying begins on April 5 at 6 p.m. AST (11 a.m. EDT).
The race itself is scheduled to start on Sunday, also at 6 p.m. AST (3 p.m. GMT).
The qualifying and race will be broadcast on BBC and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, NBCSN in the United States, Channel Ten and Channel One (qualifying) in Australia, Sky Sport in New Zealand, and Fox Sports in Mexico, Central, and South America.
It will also be shown on RTL in Ireland, on TSN in Canada, on OTE TV in Greece, on M1 in Hungary, Sky F1 in Italy, MTV Max in Finland, Polsat Sport in Poland, SLO 2 in Slovenia, Sport1 in The Netherlands, BBC in Belgium, RTL or Sky Deutschland in Germany, Nova in the Czech Republic, TV3+ in Denmark, SportTV in Portugal, Abu Dhabi Sports 2 in the United Arab Emirates, Star Sports 4 in India,
Live streaming is available on NBC in the United States, Tenplay.com in Australia, SKY in New Zealand, TELMEX in Mexico, Foxplay.com in Central and South America, Star Sports in India, Sporting Telenet in Belgium, Nova in the Czech Republic
Current Formula One Standings (Only drivers with at least one point shown)
1. Nico Rosberg, Germany, 43 points, Mercedes.
2. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, 25 points, Mercedes
3. Fernando Alonso, Spain, 24 points, Ferrari.
4. Jenson Button, Britain, 23 points, McLaren-Mercedes.
5. Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, 20 points, McLaren-Mercedes.
6. Nico Hulkenberg, German, 18 points, Force India-Mercedes.
7. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, 15 points, Red Bull Racing-Renault.
8. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, 14 points, Williams-Mercedes.
9. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, 6 points, Ferrari.
10. Felipe Massa, Brazil, 6 points, Williams-Mercedes
11. Jean-Eric Vergne, France, 4 points, STR-Renault
12. Daniil Kvyat, Russia, 3 points, STR_Renault
13. Sergio Perez, Mexico, 1 point, Force India-Mercedes
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car during the second free practice ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
See an Associated Press story below.
Mercedes drivers fastest in Bahrain GP practice
SAKHIR, Bahrain—Mercedes further demonstrated its early-season dominance by outpacing its rivals in Friday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, indicating the team is well poised for a third straight win to start 2014.
Lewis Hamilton followed up his victory last week in Malaysia by having the fastest time in both sessions, the second of which was held under lights for the first time at the Bahrain International Circuit, which has switched to being a night race.
Hamilton’s time of 1 minute, 34.690 seconds was one third of a second faster than teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg, and more than a second faster than third-place Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
“The car feels better than when we were testing here — balance-wise, it was extremely good,” Hamilton said. “There are still some tweaks we need to make it feel perfect, but I’m feeling good.”
Defending four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was a distant seventh on the timesheets, behind his fourth-place Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo — who carries a 10-grid-place penalty into Sunday’s race. The pair was split by Felipe Massa of Williams and McLaren’s Jenson Button.
Vettel, who was a competitive third in Malaysia, was downbeat about Red Bull’s prospects of hanging on to the Mercedes coattails on Sunday.
“They are very quick. It is not a surprise, they were very quick in the testing here. They have proved that again,” Vettel said. “It will be a long way for us to catch up.”
Even more dispiriting for Mercedes’ rivals was that the dominance reflected by their lap times on lighter fuel and soft tires was even more pronounced when using higher fuel loads to practice for race conditions.
Williams had a distinctly different approach to the day’s practice, doing relatively few laps to extend engine life, reckoning that it had all the data it needed about the Bahrain track after extensive preseason testing there.
Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat was eighth fastest, ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Force India’s Sergio Perez.
The night session, which began in falling desert temperatures at 6 p.m. local time — the same as Sunday’s race — saw many drivers struggling to get sufficient heat in the tires, misjudging braking distances and running off track.
Max Chilton’s Marussia went into a violent spin after a front brake failure, while Sauber’s Adrian Sutil and Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson both had sudden power losses.