Sky Sports F1's 2013 Bahrain GP schedule

Kovalainen interview, behind the scenes at Lotus, Davidson in the Merc simulator and lots, lots more across our exclusively live Sakhir coverage

Last Updated: 17/04/13 1:15pm

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Three very different races and three very different winners - the start of the 2013 season has provided the unpredictability and excitement everyone had been hoping for and now it's to the desert and the Bahrain International Circuit to see what round four has to offer up.

From Sky Sports F1's side there is certainly lots to look forward to as the channel brings you exclusive live coverage of the entire race weekend and plenty of exciting features across our six live shows from the track to boot.

And, with the European now season just round the corner, there's no need to pull any more all-nighters either with the more convenient Middle East time zone meaning your earliest start over the weekend is 7.45am for the start of our Practice One coverage on Friday.

That also means Friday's live airing of The F1 Show comes from a late-afternoon slot - 4pm to be precise - and it will be an edition not to be missed. We'll have an interview with Caterham comeback kid Heikki Kovalainen after what will be his first day back in the cockpit for nearly six months while another popular double act back in tandem, albeit after a rather shorter time apart, David Croft and Anthony Davidson will be at the SkyPad to review all the Practice track action.

Ted and Natalie will be revealing the winners of the Pit Stop Award for China and GP2 rising stars James Calado and Robin Frijns will try to tame the Horse Power Tower.

We'll also be putting McLaren duo and Jenson Button and Sergio Perez to the test on their knowledge of F1's myriad of circuit layouts!

In Saturday's live Qualifying show, which starts at 11am for a 12pm Q1 start, the Sky F1 team will be tackling arguably the big talking point of the moment head on - tyres. As we look back on the events of China, Martin Brundle speaks to Pirelli chief Paul Hembery and McLaren's Sam Michael over the current rubber conundrum.

Fresh from his career-best finish in Shanghai, Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo returns to the scene of his best ever qualifying result of sixth from Bahrain twelve months ago and joins Johnny Herbert for the track guide.

Both our live Qualifying and Race Day shows will feature separate installments of a not-to-be-missed behind-the-scenes feature with Lotus after we were given incredible assess to the team and their personnel over the Chinese GP.

We'll also get regular updates from Lotus Team Principal during the track sessions across the weekend as their Team Principal Eric Boullier is the latest guest of Pit Wall Live.

Sunday's race show also features Anthony Davidson showing Johnny and Simon Lazenby how it's done around a lap of Sakhir in the Mercedes simulator at Brackley and a post-qualifying Martin Brundle interview with Lewis Hamilton as the former champion looks to take the next step towards a first race victory for his new team.

So not a bad weekend line-up we're sure you'll agree! Remember, Sky Sports F1 is the only place to watch all the action from Bahrain live this weekend with our extensive coverage also available on the Sky Sports App and on the move with Sky Go.

Wednesday April 17
8:00pm - Classic Races - 2008 Bahrain GP.
10:15pm - Classic Races - 2009 Bahrain GP.

Thursday April 18
1pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
6:15pm - Gear up for Bahrain.
8:00pm - Classic Races - 2010 Bahrain GP.
10:15pm - 2012 Bahrain GP (Highlights).

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Friday April 19
7:45am - Bahrain GP Practice One - Live!
9:55am - GP2 Practice - Live!
11:45am - Bahrain GP Practice Two - Live!
1:55pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
3pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
4pm - The F1 Show - Live!
11:10pm - Classic Races - 2006 Bahrain GP.

Saturday April 20
8:45am - Bahrain GP Practice Three - Live!
11am - Bahrain GP Qualifying - Live!
1:40pm - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
3:05pm - Classic Races - 2007 Bahrain GP.
5:20pm - Bahrain GP Qualifying Replay.
8pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.

Sunday April 21
6:30am - Classic Races - 2009 Bahrain GP.
8:45am - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
11:30am - The 2013 Bahrain GP - Live!
5:55pm - GP2 Sprint Race Replay.
7pm - Bahrain GP Highlights.
8:30pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
8:45pm - Classic Races - 2010 Bahrain GP.

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