Why the Formula 1 Bahrain GP is held on Saturday: it's the fault of a rule

admin

Why the Formula 1 Bahrain GP is held on Saturday: it's the fault of a rule

Formula 1 will return to the track on Saturday 2 March with the Bahrain GP, the first Grand Prix of the 2024 World Championship. The races in Bahrain and Arabia are brought forward due to Ramadan, which begins on 10 March, and a regulatory rule.

Enter the new WhatsApp channel of Sport Fanpage.it

0 SHARES

The 2024 Formula 1 World Championship will also be remembered because it will start on Saturday . The Bahrain Grand Prix will in fact be held on March 2nd (start at 4pm). The next one, that of Saudi Arabia , will always be played on Saturday (March 9th). But why will the championship start on Saturday and not Sunday? The answer is simple. Ramadan begins on March 10th and since we couldn't race on that day in Jeddah and as regulations required at least a week to pass between one race and another, it was decided to bring the Bahrain stage forward to Saturday as well.

As per modern custom, the Formula 1 Championship will start from Bahrain, where three days of testing were also carried out. The 75th edition of the World Cup will have a double peculiarity. Because we will officially start on February 29th with free practice and the GP is scheduled for Saturday March 2nd. Many have wondered, looking at the championship calendar carefully, the reason for this decision. There's nothing crazy about it, in fact it's all very clear.

Max Verstappen will still be the favorite for the Formula 1 World Championship.

Max Verstappen will still be the favorite for the Formula 1 World Championship.

Ramadan will begin on Sunday 10 March and will end on Monday 8 April. This will begin the holy month for Muslims which, according to Shari'a, includes 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk. For this reason, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah could not be held on March 10, and was brought forward to Saturday (with the race weekend therefore always starting on Thursday). Since the regulations establish that at least a week must pass between one GP and another, the Bahrain Grand Prix was also brought forward to Saturday.

Read also

The results and times of the Formula 1 tests in Bahrain: the day 1 ranking

Charles Leclerc will be on track in Bahrain with Ferrari on March 2nd.

Charles Leclerc will be on track in Bahrain with Ferrari on March 2nd.

A Formula 1 Grand Prix on Saturday is nothing new . The last precedent is recent, but technically in Italy perhaps not many remember it. Because on the morning of Sunday 19 November in Las Vegas, Italian fans followed the race, naturally won by Verstappen, which however took place late in the evening in the city of lights (and gaming). There are 75 GPs held on days other than Sunday . Before Las Vegas 2023, the last stage on Saturday was the 1985 South African GP won by Nigel Mansell ahead of Keke Rosberg and Alain Prost.

Nigel Mansell celebrates success at the 1985 South African Grand Prix, held on Saturday.

Nigel Mansell celebrates success at the 1985 South African Grand Prix, held on Saturday.

Overall, despite going back to the mists of time, GPs were held on days other than Sunday in the United States, but also in Spain as well as in South Africa, where races were held on Saturday and also on New Year's Day 1965 , which that time was a Friday. But most of the races not held on Sunday were held on Saturdays and largely in Great Britain, where on May 13, 1950 (which was a Saturday) the first ever Formula 1 race was held.

0 SHARES

Leave a Comment

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t