Formula 1 live race updates, results, highlights from 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN — After the season of all seasons, and the controversy of all controversies, Formula 1 is finally back with Charles Leclerc on pole position in the 2022 season opener. 

The Bahrain Grand Prix kicks off proceedings for the second successive year, with 2021 having produced a nail-biting showdown between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, which contentiously saw the Dutchman having to give a place back to his rival and ultimately finishing there. 

Of course, that moment turned out to be just a small appetiser when it came to much-debated race-control decisions on Hamilton and Verstappen in the Middle East last year, thanks to the infamous final lap in Abu Dhabi last November. 

Since then, F1 has entered a new era via a huge car redesign and various regulation changes. With the generational update, Mercedes opted for a bold rethink of its side-pods (or, indeed, lack thereof) that got the whole paddock talking, with Red Bull emerging from testing with the fastest vehicle on the track.

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Ferrari also drew praise for what looks to be a more reliable and well-tested F1-75 – and that preseason hype translated into a fantastic performance in qualifying on Saturday. 

Leclerc took pole position, ahead of the reigning champion in 2nd. Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez followed, ensuring Ferrari and Red Bull control each of the top four grid positions, with Hamilton next in line. 

Follow the action from the Bahrain Grand Prix below, with Sporting News bringing you live coverage from Sakhir. 

MORE: Watch the Bahrain Grand Prix live with fuboTV (free trial)

Formula 1 live updates, highlights from Bahrain Grand Prix 

10:00am: Welcome to Sporting News’ coverage of the 2022 Formula 1 season opener. We are live from the Bahrain International Circuit, with an hour to go until lights out. 

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All Times Eastern

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What time does the F1 race start today? 

  • Date: Sunday, March 20
  • Start time: 11am ET (6pm local time)

How to watch the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix 

  • TV channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC
  • Live stream: FuboTV

For US-based viewers, every race in the 2022 Formula 1 season will be available on ESPN’s family of networks.

For those who choose to live stream, FuboTV carries ESPN, and also offers a free trial.

Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying results 

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
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