Bahrain F1 Grand Prix 2017: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2017

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - APRIL 13:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in the Drivers Press Conference during previews to the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 13, 2017 in Bahrain, Bahrain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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After losing the opening race of the campaign, Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in China, and he has to maintain his momentum to stay ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix in Formula One on Sunday.

The two former world champions promise to make this season a classic edition in the sport as they battle tooth and nail for the championship title.

Mercedes have a credible challenger this term, with the famous Italian constructor finding racing power once again.

Here is how you can catch the night-race action:

 

Date: Sunday, April 16

Time: 4 p.m BST/11 a.m. ET

TV: Sky Sports F1 (UK only), NBC (U.S. only)

StreamSky GoNBC Sports Live

Driver List: visit Formula1.com

 

Preview

Mercedes-Honda's British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his Formula One during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahraini capital, Manama,  on April 14, 2017.
The Formula One seas
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Hamilton was back to winning ways in Race 2 of the year, holding off Vettel with a display of dominant driving from the front in testing conditions.

Vettel struggled to keep up with the motivated British star, and it already appears the title will be decided between the phenomenal pair.

Hamilton initially found pace issues in practice, as his German competitor went fastest on Friday, and the expected higher track temperatures could be a blessing for the Scuderia.

Ferrari is the team to beat on the hottest days of the year, and the SF70H will excel at venues such as the Bahrain International Circuit, even with the race being staged at night.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - APRIL 14: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 14, 2017 in Bahrain, Bahrain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/
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According to Formula One's official website, Hamilton admitted his main race rival could hold an advantage over the scheduled 57 laps.

The Silver Arrows driver said:

Ferrari are very good in hotter conditions. If anything, Ferrari have got a bit quicker and the gap's even closer – they will be very, very quick.

When it steps up in temperature...so far in the first race it's been shown as not to be the greatest for us just yet, so we're just learning on the tyres. Hopefully it will be better…

Kimi Raikkonen has had more successes in Bahrain than any other circuit, giving the Prancing Horses a real shot at claiming a double-podium finish. However, despite standing on the rostrum on eight occasions, the Ice Man has never won the race in the Persian Gulf.

Raikkonen's car also had reliability issues in practice, with the Finn forced to take stock back in the garage on Friday, per Autosport:

Vettel will believe this is an opportunity to pressurise Hamilton in the early stages of the world championship, and Mercedes might find the desert conditions too much on their tyres and power unit.

But the passion and desire in Hamilton's heart will not allow him to be bullied by any of his contemporaries, and he will expect at least a podium finish at the end of the battle on Sunday.