Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-24 sends sparks flying. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir,
Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-24 sends sparks flying. Formula 1 World…

2024 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix - Free Practice - As it happened

A recap of everything that happened in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Thursday.

The 2024 F1 season kicks off this weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit with Max Verstappen looking to defend his title.

Verstappen dominated last season with 19 victories in 22 races and already, many are tipping him and Red Bull to retain both titles with relative ease.

The battle behind Verstappen is likely to be close with Mercedes and Ferrari finding gains over the winter, while McLaren and Aston Martin are thought to be close behind in the pecking order.

There are various intriguing storylines off-track such as Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari and how that will impact his relationship with Mercedes, while Christian Horner has been cleared following an independent investigation into alleged misconduct. 

29 Feb 2024
The big news

Christian Horner was cleared of wrongdoing by Red Bull last night.

He had been under investigation over complaints made against him.

Horner is in Bahrain today.

The 2024 season is here!

Good morning everyone and welcome to the first live blog of the new season.

It seems to come around quicker each year, but here we are, with the first race of the season taking place in Bahrain.

While Red Bull - and Max Verstappen - are still the team to beat, the fight behind him looks closer than ever.

We will be providing live text commentary at each race of the season - so be sure not to miss it.