F1 Bahrain Grand Prix results: Max Verstappen dominates in the desert as Red Bull goes 1-2

Bahrain Grand Prix finishing order

  1. Max Verstappen (1), Red Bull-Honda RBPT

  2. Sergio Perez (11), Red Bull-Honda RBPT

  3. Carlos Sainz (55), Ferrari

  4. Charles Leclerc (16), Ferrari

  5. George Russell (63), Mercedes

  6. Lando Norris (4), McLaren-Mercedes

  7. Lewis Hamilton (44), Mercedes

  8. Oscar Piastri (81), McLaren-Mercedes

  9. Fernando Alonso (14), Aston Martin-Mercedes

  10. Lance Stroll (18), Aston Martin-Mercedes

  11. Zhou Guanyu (24), Kick Sauber-Ferrari

  12. Kevin Magnussen (20), Haas-Ferrari

  13. Daniel Ricciardo (3), RB-Honda RBPT

  14. Yuki Tsunoda (22), RB-Honda RBPT

  15. Alexander Albon (23), Williams-Mercedes

  16. Nico Hulkenberg (27), Haas-Ferrari

  17. Esteban Ocon (31), Alpine-Renault

  18. Pierre Gasly (10), Alpine-Renault

  19. Valtteri Bottas (77), Kick Sauber-Ferrari

  20. Logan Sargeant (2), Williams-Mercedes

Bahrain Grand Prix starting grid

  1. Max Verstappen (1), Red Bull-Honda RBPT

  2. Charles Leclerc (16), Ferrari

  3. George Russell (63), Mercedes

  4. Carlos Sainz (55), Ferrari

  5. Sergio Perez (11), Red Bull-Honda RBPT

  6. Fernando Alonso (14), Aston Martin-Mercedes

  7. Lando Norris (4), McLaren-Mercedes

  8. Oscar Piastri (81), McLaren-Mercedes

  9. Lewis Hamilton (44), Mercedes

  10. Nico Hulkenberg (27), Haas-Ferrari

  11. Yuki Tsunoda (22), RB-Honda RBPT

  12. Lance Stroll (18), Aston Martin-Mercedes

  13. Alexander Albon (23), Williams-Mercedes

  14. Daniel Ricciardo (3), RB-Honda RBPT

  15. Kevin Magnussen (20), Haas-Ferrari

  16. Valtteri Bottas (77), Kick Sauber-Ferrari

  17. Zhou Guanyu (24), Kick Sauber-Ferrari

  18. Logan Sargeant (2), Williams-Mercedes

  19. Esteban Ocon (31), Alpine-Renault

  20. Pierre Gasly (10), Alpine-Renault

Bahrain Grand Prix broadcast schedule

All times ET

Thursday, February 29
6:25-7:30 a.m.: Free practice 1 (ESPN2, ESPN+, F1TV Pro)
9:55-11 a.m.: Free practice 2 (ESPN2, ESPN+, F1TV Pro)

Friday, March 1
6:25-7:30 a.m.: Free practice 3 (ESPN2, ESPN+, F1TV Pro)
10:55 a.m.-Noon: Qualifying (ESPN2, ESPN+, F1TV Pro)

Saturday, March 2
8:30-9:55 a.m.: Pre-race show (ESPN, ESPN+, F1TV Pro)
6:55 a.m.-Noon: Bahrain Grand Prix (ESPN, ESPN+, F1TV Pro)

Bahrain Grand Prix race details

Track: Bahrain International Circuit, 15-turn, 3.62-mile clockwise permanent racing facility in Sakhir, Bahrain
Race length: 57 laps
Tire compounds: C1 (Hard) | C2 (Medium) | C3 (Soft)
Lap record: 1:31.447 (Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren-Mercedes, 2005)
2023 winner: Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT

The Bahrain International Circuit represents a unique challenge for F1 drivers and cars.
The Bahrain International Circuit represents a unique challenge for F1 drivers and cars.

Top drivers and best bets for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Triple defending champion Max Verstappen is the overwhelming favorite entering the race weekend with a -300 moneyline, according to BetMGM. The next-best odds belong to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at 8-to-1. Verstappen was the fastest in the first pre-season test last week at Bahrain, while Leclerc topped the second of three sessions.

Best odds to win

  • Max Verstappen -300

  • Charles Leclerc +800

  • Sergio Perez +1200

  • Lewis Hamilton +1200

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 05: Max Verstappen of Netherland and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrating on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 05, 2023 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
Max Verstappen opened his third straight world drivers' championship campaign with a win in the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Bahrain Grand Prix entries

Max Verstappen (1), Red Bull-Honda RBPT
Sergio Perez (11), Red Bull-Honda RBPT
Charles Leclerc (16), Ferrari
Carlos Sainz (55), Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton (44), Mercedes
George Russell (63), Mercedes
Pierre Gasly (10), Alpine-Renault
Esteban Ocon (31), Alpine-Renault
Lando Norris (4), McLaren-Mercedes
Oscar Piastri (81), McLaren-Mercedes
Zhou Guanyu (24), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
Valtteri Bottas (77), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
Fernando Alonso (14), Aston Martin-Mercedes
Lance Stroll (18), Aston Martin-Mercedes
Kevin Magnussen (20), Haas-Ferrari
Nico Hulkenberg (27), Haas-Ferrari
Daniel Ricciardo (3), AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT
Yuki Tsunoda (22), AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT
Logan Sargeant (2), Williams-Mercedes
Alexander Albon (23), Williams-Mercedes

Bahrain Grand Prix weather

The forecast calls for temperatures to be in the mid-60s with no threat of rain (it is a desert after all) during evening on-track running. The atmospheric condition most likely to impact the weekend is wind, with gusts of up to 25 mph expected during practice and qualifying. That represents an unpredictable challenge in Bahrain’s several heavy braking zones — a strong gust at just the wrong moment trying to slow the car will turn it around, ruining the lap.