he 2022 Formula 1 season begins today with its first competitive race, in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
A rules overhaul and Max Verstappen’s controversial last-round championship victory in the 2021 final made this one of the most anticipated season debuts in years.
Qualifying begins at 15:00 GMT and again consists of three sessions. The 20 cars compete in Q1 over 18 minutes, with the last five being eliminated. The next five then go after the 15-minute Q2 race, before the top-ten shootout in Q3 in just 10 minutes.
Unlike previous years, the set of tires used by the top ten for their Q2 run will no longer be used for the start of their race.
With Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen and Co battling it out for pole position, here’s everything you need to know to tune in…
How to watch Bahrain F1 GP qualifying
TV channel: Qualifying will be shown live on the Sky Sports Main Event and F1 channels, with coverage starting on the latter at 2pm.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers can watch qualifying via the Sky Go app.
Live Blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog, with Matt Majendie in Bahrain to provide expert analysis.
Free Highlights: Terrestrial viewers can watch highlights on Channel 4 from 7:30 p.m.