What to expect from the biggest sporting event of the year
Time Out Bahrain staff
On the circuit With all the entertainment, you could be forgiven for forgetting the main event’s actually taking place on the track and as we went to press the first race of the new season had already attracted controversy.
Nico Rosberg romped home in a clear lead for the fourth win of his career but there was disappointment for Aussie Daniel Ricciardo who took second place in his debut race in front of a home crowd only to be disqualified for breaking fuel consumption rules.
The F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix leaves the grid at 6pm on Sunday, April 6, but for serious petrol heads there are practice sessions to watch and the support races. Bahrain hosts the first round of the GP2 Series, the feeder races where future F1 drivers put in the miles to hone their talents and earn their first team places, and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, known for its fierce local rivalries and producing some seriously good local racing talents. For a full schedule of all the on-track action check out www.timeoutbahrain.com.
Formula 1 Village We’ve already looked at the trackside entertainment in part one of the big race feature but a late entry we simply couldn’t ignore is the Shaun the Sheep tent, based on the popular kids’ television series.
Shaun the Sheep will be joined by the other characters from the show including Bitzer, the Farmer and of course the Flock to perform a brand new dance adventure to entertain youngsters.
There’ll also be several other fun activities for children inside the Shaun the Sheep tent known as ‘the Championsheeps’ made up of several fun games and sessions including Shirley’s Pie-athlon, Free Range, Farmyard Fling, Cabbage Keepie Uppie, Get Fit with the Flock, Bitzer’s Sack Race, Flock ’n’ Roll and Sheep Shape.
If we tell you Shirley’s Pie-athlon involves kids racing on a Shirley-shaped sheep hopper (think space hopper but it's a sheep) while trying to hang onto a piece of cake and avoid a bunch of healthy fruit obstacles, you’ll get the picture.