Live Grand Prix Sunday: Bahrain is on air from 1.30pm on Sunday with the race from 3pm.

Live Chequered Flag is on Sky Sports F1 from 5pm as reaction to the big race.

Highlights of the race are on Channel 4 from 7.30pm on Sunday.

On Saturday the action gets underway from 9.40am with the F3 Sprint Race.

Formula 1 Practice 3 is live from 11.40am.

Live Bahrain GP Qualifying is live from 2pm, with the actual qualifying starting an hour later.

Highlights of qualifying are on Channel 4 from 7.30pm on Saturday.

Crash.net will bring you live, instant updates, reaction and analysis of a jam-packed weekend of F1 action!

What has gone wrong for Mercedes?

3028233.0064.jpg

“We’re a long way off the pace of Red Bull, Ferrari, even the likes of AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo are seemingly on our pace or even quicker," said George Russell

“It’s clear it’s all about lap time and we are certainly not where we want to be,” he said. “I think we made a bit of progress solving some issues but the pace is just not there at the moment."

Read more here

Verstappen sets the pace in Practice

3028160.0064.jpg

Red Bull's Max Verstappen showed his authority after a winter of being much-maligned following the events in Abu Dhabi at the end of last season.

Recap full details here

Hamilton's warning to Verstappen

2794523.0064.jpg

Asked whether he has considered changing his wheel-to-wheel approach in order to combat Verstappen’s more aggressive stance, Hamilton replied: “I will be a more aggressive driver this year. You’ll see.”

“I’m hoping my guys have come up with some sort of solution going into this weekend and when I get in the car today it feels better.

“But I know there’s not a huge change in such a short space of time. So we'll still most likely have some of the problems that we had last week. 

“Mentally, it’s just about making sure you are extracting everything in every other area. All I can do is control how I’m performing in the car, just trying to be positive and knowing that we are all working together in the team. 

“It is the best team and I’m very grateful for the group of people I have behind me, so confident we can make it through somehow.” 

Verstappen sarcastically suggested Mercedes would finish “dead last” this season because they have developed an “awful car”, in what appeared to be a swipe at the reigning world champions repeatedly downplaying its prospects for 2022. 

"I think they'll be dead last,” Verstappen said. “According to their comments – I think they have an awful car, and they've had that already since 2017 in pre-season testing. 

“No, we'll find out. But they for sure will be competitive.” 

Hamilton fine confirmed - it will be invested into diversity and inclusion

The FIA have confirmed that Hamilton’s fine for failing to attend the 2021 end-of-year gala will be paid as a donation to diversity and inclusion.

Hamilton met with the FIA president Mohammed Bin Sulayem this week.

“In the spirit of commitment to building a more diverse sport in the future, the FIA president gave his full support to Hamilton’s donation of 50,000 Euros that will be used to support a student from a disadvantaged background in achieving an educational qualification in motorsport,” an FIA statement read.

The seven-time world champion had shared his findings from the Hamilton Commission.

“The FIA reminded Hamilton of his obligation of sportsmanship, particularly in view of his status in motorsport,” the statement concluded.