The Bahrain International Circuit hosted two races last season, won by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), in November, and Sergio Perez (Racing Point), in December
Follow live radio and text coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, 26-28 March.
Lewis Hamilton goes into the opening race of the 2021 season with a record eighth drivers' title in his sights after signing for another year with Mercedes.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull could well provide serious competition for the British star in what promises to be a landmark year for Formula 1.
The introduction of a budget cap is among a series of steps aimed at making the field more competitive. and it is the last season before the introduction of a major regulation change that will herald a whole new kind of grand prix car.
Read Andrew Benson's season preview here.
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BBC Sport has live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race across the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus live digital coverage on the BBC Sport website and app – including audience interaction, expert analysis, debate, voting, features, interviews and audio content.
You can follow all the action and the latest news on the BBC Sport F1 page and via the BBC Sport app, and catch up with analysis and interviews with the BBC Radio 5 Live Chequered Flag podcast.
All times are GMT. Broadcast times are subject to change at short notice.
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|Bahrain Grand Prix coverage details|
|Date||Session||Time||Radio coverage||Online text commentary|
|Preview||Listen and download here|
|Friday, 26 March||First practice||11:30-12:30 GMT||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra||From 11:00 GMT|
|Second practice||15:00-16:00 GMT||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra||From 14:30 GMT|
|Saturday, 27 March||Third practice||12:00-13:00 GMT||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra online only||From 11:30 GMT (continuous)|
|Qualifying||15:00-16:00 GMT||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra|
|Sunday, 28 March||Race||16:00-18:00 BST||BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra||From 14:30 BST|
|Chequered Flag podcast: Bahrain Grand Prix review – download here once the race has finished|