Formula 1 qualifying results: Starting grid for 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN — The first grid of the 2022 Formula 1 season is set, and the Ferrari hype was real: Charles Leclerc starts in pole position. 

Leclerc finished the session .123 seconds ahead of reigning champion Max Verstappen, who sits alongside the Monegasque on the front row. 

In Q1, the big story was Mercedes drivers new and old, as Valtteri Bottas incredibly ranked as 4th-fastest. His Mercedes replacement, George Russell, and former teammate, Lewis Hamilton, could only scrape into 9th and 10th, respectively. 

It was an awful showing for Aston Martin, with stand-in Niko Hulkenberg in 17th and Canadian Lance Stroll 19th. 

Through Q2, Verstappen rose into top spot, while Mercedes started unloading the “sandbags”, as Hamilton and Russell ranked 5th and 6th. 

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However, they couldn’t improve in Q3 – and, in fact, Russell fell back behind Bottas. The Finnish star will have an extremely wide grin on his face tonight, as he starts 6th on the grid for his first race with Alfa Romeo. 

But Q3 was all about Leclerc, who clocked in at 1:30.558. Verstappen tried to bite back right at the end of the session, going faster through sector one, but ultimately couldn’t get the job done. 

Ferrari and Red Bull repeated that order through 3rd and 4th, via Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez, ahead of seven-time world champion Hamilton. 

It was also a promising day for Haas, with Kevin Magnussen surprisingly taking 7th spot. The full grid follows: 

Formula 1 starting lineup for 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

Grid Position Driver Team
1. Charles Leclerc Ferrari
2. Max Verstappen Red Bull
3. Carlos Sainz Ferrari
4. Sergio Perez Red Bull
5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
7. Kevin Magnussen Haas
8. Fernando Alonso Alpine
9. George Russell Mercedes
10. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
11. Esteban Ocon Alpine
12. Mick Schumacher Haas
13. Lando Norris McLaren
14. Alex Albon Williams
15. Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo
16. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
17. Niko Hulkenberg Aston Martin
18. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
19. Lance Stroll Aston Martin
20. Nicholas Latifi Williams

What channel is the F1 race on today?

  • Race: Bahrain Grand Prix
  • Date: Sunday, March 20
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: fuboTV/ESPN+

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC later earlier the season.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

What time does the F1 race start today?

  • Date: Sunday, March 20
  • Start time: 11 a.m. ET

The 11 a.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race means the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix will start at 6 p.m. local time. Lights out will likely take place just after 11 a.m. ET. ESPN’s pre-race show usually airs in the hour before the start of the race.

Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s F1 events at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. All times are Eastern.

Date Event Time TV channel
Friday, March 18 Practice 1 8 a.m. ESPN2
Friday, March 18 Practice 2 11 a.m. ESPNews
Saturday, March 19 Practice 3 8 a.m. ESPN2
Saturday, March 19 Qualifying 11 a.m. ESPNews
Sunday, March 20 Race 11 a.m. ESPN

Formula 1 live stream for Bahrain Grand Prix

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry ESPN — fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, fuboTV and YouTubeTV offer free-trial options.

Below are links to each.

For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but are not in front of a TV, Formula 1 races in 2021 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on the ESPN app with authentication.

How to watch Formula 1 in Canada

  • TV channel: TSN (English); RDS (French)
  • Live stream: TSN Direct

For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English telecast of races. For those looking for the French broadcast, RDS will have you covered.

Races can also be streamed via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.

How to watch Formula 1 in the United Kingdom

  • TV channel: Sky Sports F1
  • Live stream: NOW TV

Viewers located in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2022, you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.

How to watch Formula 1 in Australia

  • TV channel: Fox Sports; Channel 10
  • Live stream: Kayo

Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia, with Channel 10 broadcasting the Australian GP on Channel 10. 

Formula 1 2022 schedule

In total, there are 22 scheduled events on the F1 docket for 2022, one race shy of tying the mark for longest F1 calendar.

The season starts in Bahrain on March 20, and ends with its customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although a bit earlier than usual, in November. If the schedule stands, this will be the earliest end of the Formula 1 season since it ended on Nov. 4 in 2013.

Returning to the 2022 F1 slate are the Canadian and Japanese Grand Prix, both of which were canceled in 2021 amidst fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The calendar also holds the maiden voyage for the Miami Grand Prix, the first of two races in the United States in 2022, with the customary United States GP taking place in October.

The Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, was canceled due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):

Date Race Track Start time (ET) TV channel Winner (Team)
March 20 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit 11 a.m. ESPN TBD
March 27 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah Street Circuit 1 p.m.  ESPN TBD
April 10 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Circuit 1 a.m. ESPN TBD
April 24 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Imola Circuit 9 a.m. ESPN TBD
May 8 Miami Grand Prix Miami International Autodrome 2:30 p.m. TBD TBD
May 22 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 9 a.m. TBD TBD
May 29 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco 9 a.m. TBD TBD
June 12 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit 7 a.m. TBD TBD
June 19 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gillies-Villeneuve 2 p.m. TBD TBD
July 3 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit 10 a.m. TBD TBD
July 10 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring 9 a.m. TBD TBD
July 24 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard 9 a.m. TBD TBD
July 31 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring 9 a.m. TBD TBD
Aug. 28 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 9 a.m. TBD TBD
Sept. 4 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort 9 a.m. TBD TBD
Sept. 11 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza 9 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 2 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit 8 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 9 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Course 1 a.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 23 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas 3 p.m. TBD TBD
Oct. 30 Mexico City Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 4 p.m. TBD TBD
Nov. 13 Sao Paulo Grand Prix Interlagos Circuit 2 p.m. TBD TBD
Nov. 20 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit 8 a.m. TBD TBD

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