Théo Pourchaire wins in F2
The first Formula 2 race of the season took place earlier today and was won by ART driver Theo Pourchaire.
Last year’s champion Oscar Piastri is the new Alpine F1 reserve driver, with the junior series often a direct route to racing with the big boys.
Liam Dawson came second with Juri Vips third.
A job today for Max Verstappen
The big question is how much stronger Red Bull is than Ferrari in terms of race pace…this one won’t necessarily be won at the first corner.
The man of the moment
Here is Charles Leclerc arriving on the track this afternoon, the Ferrari driver will start from pole in 90 minutes.
A clean, dry desert race awaits us with a predictable zero percent chance of rain forecast for today’s race.
Temperatures are currently 24°C but will drop to around 21°C during the overnight run, with wind levels also expected to drop from around 17mph to 7mph in the coming hours.
Perfect conditions for the race!
Call to Ukraine planned
Formula 1 drivers will gather on the grid ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix to publicize UNICEF’s emergency appeal for funds for its child and family aid programs in Ukraine and other areas of conflict.
All 20 drivers will stand on the grid behind a banner in support of the appeal, urging fans to consider donating to the UN children’s agency appeal.
Formula 1 and the teams have already made a “generous donation”, the sport said, without specifying a figure.
How to watch
TV channel: The race will be shown live on the Sky Sports Main Event and F1 channels, with coverage starting on the latter at 1.30pm.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers can watch the race via the Sky Go app.
Free Highlights: Terrestrial viewers can watch highlights on Channel 4 from 7:30 p.m.
Welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Formula 1 is BACK and what an afternoon we have ahead of us…