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The Sakhir Grand Prix is the 16th race of the season, and will take place in exactly the same location as last week’s Bahrain GP. But, the circuit features an extended part of the track that’s never been used before, which has been dubbed as the ‘Oval’. How can you watch the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend?
Formula 1 has had a remarkable week with a number of headline-worthy stories.
Firstly, Romain Grosjean is still being treated for minor burns after his fiery crash in the Bahrain GP.
Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton – who has already won the Drivers’ Championship this season – has tested positive for coronavirus, and is ruled out of the race.
Both absentees have handed huge opportunities to new drivers stepping into the limelight for the first time.
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Hamilton’s stand-in, George Russell, was fastest in the first practice session at Sakhir.
Russell has been racing with Williams this season, and finished in a season-high 12th place last weekend.
He had previously talked down the pressure of filling in for Hamilton.
“That’s not in the back of my mind,” he said. “I’m going to go out there, enjoy it and learn as much as I can.”
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What time is the Sakhir Grand Prix?
Practice starts on Friday December 4. The first session will be at 1.30pm UK time, and the second at 5.30pm UK time.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday December 5, starting from 5pm in the UK.
The main race will take place at 5.10pm. The race is expected to last for almost two hours.
What TV channel is the Sakhir Grand Prix?
The Sakhir Grand Prix is being broadcast exclusively by Sky Sports F1 in the UK.
Coverage is expected to start from 3.30pm, with build-up to the race throughout the day.
How to live stream the Sakhir Grand Prix.
Sky Sports subscribers will be able to live stream the Sakhir Grand Prix on the Sky Go app/
In-race clips will also be available on the Sky Sports App throughout the day.
What has been said?
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said: “With such a short track it will be difficult to get a clear lap in qualifying, especially with it being about a 54-second lap.
“I think everyone on track is going to be within 150 metres. I think blue flags and backmarkers will be interesting but lap times should be a bit closer so I don’t expect the gaps to be as big.”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc said: “I think that on a track like this the difference between the cars, especially those in the midfield, will be minimal and every thousandth could make a difference.”
McLaren’s Lando Norris said: “The outer circuit is definitely going to be different to what we’re used to in F1 which is exciting.
“It could be quite a crazy race with not so many corners, several long straights and lap-times of less than a minute.”
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo said: “The expected lap times of under a minute will be the shortest we’ve all ever done in Formula 1, so that’ll be interesting to see how everyone finds it.
“What it does do is make qualifying extra challenging, because it’ll force the field to bunch up on the out lap. Ultimately, it will all be about putting together the perfect lap and one small mistake will make up for half a dozen places, so there will be no room for errors.”
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