UK start time, qualification, live stream and how to watch season opener – Max Verstappen wary of Lewis Hamilton threat as he begins world title defence
The brand new Components One season is lastly dashing again onto the sporting calendar with the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix arising subsequent month.
Max Verstappen is bidding to develop into solely the fourth driver ever to win three driver’s championships following his domination of the complete grid final marketing campaign.
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The one time the duo contested a nook final season, sparks flew
Lewis Hamilton is presently within the illustrious three-peat membership and will probably be bidding to cease the Dutchman after struggling one of the worst season’s of his profession.
The seven-time world champion failed to win a single Grand Prix in 2022 – his solely yr with out one – and had to accept sixth as Verstappen gained a report 15 races en route to the title and Purple Bull beat out Mercedes to declare constructors glory.
But Verstappen himself believes the Brit might return to a title battle if the Silver Arrows have solved their points from final time period.
Requested if Hamilton was nonetheless a harmful threat, the 25-year-old replied: “After all he is. He’s one of the best drivers ever within the sport.
“If he has the automobile to do it, he can struggle for the title once more. It’s the identical for George [Russell], for Charles [Leclerc], it’s the identical for Lando [Norris].
“Should you give them a automobile that’s succesful of profitable a championship, they will.”
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Bahrain Grand Prix: Date and UK start time
The 2023 Components 1 marketing campaign will as soon as once more get underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The race weekend on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit is scheduled for Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5.
There will probably be two practices on Friday with the third session happening on the Saturday earlier than qualifying.
Official timings for the race itself are but to be confirmed however ought to observe the 3pm UK time start time on the Sunday.
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Bahrain Grand Prix: TV channel and live stream
Protection will probably be on Sky Sports activities F1 all through the weekend. Their protection of Sunday’s race build-up begins round 1pm.
Sky Sports activities prospects can live stream this by way of the app utilizing their cell, pill or pc units.
If not, you should buy a Sky Sports activities Day Move from NowTV for £9.99 whereas Channel 4 will broadcast highlights later within the night.
talkSPORT could have all of the perfect of the motion all through the week.
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Bahrain Grand Prix: What has been mentioned?
Verstappen has mentioned he has ‘no points’ with rival Hamilton after their a lot publicised showdowns within the 2021 title race.
Hamilton was lately requested about their relationship and mentioned ‘I respect him’, including: “Possibly he has an issue with me. However I’m not certain about that and I really assume not.”
The 2 have been pictured collectively at Sebastian Vettel’s farewell dinner on the finish of final season, which Verstappen referenced in his reply.
“I’ve no points with anybody,” Verstappen mentioned.
“We had that dinner in Abu Dhabi, we had fun with everybody, all of us had fun in order that’s OK.”