How to watch 2023 F1 Bahrain live and free in Australia
F1 returns for 2023, but will Verstappen be as dominant as he was in 2022?
The first race in a record-breaking 23 Grand Prix championship season is about to kick off with F1 Bahrain.
Lewis Hamilton is looking to claim a record-making eighth championship title, while Max Verstappen is looking to add his third straight.
What time does the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix start in Australia?
The Bahrain Grand Prix weekend runs from Friday 3 until Monday 6 March (AEDT) at the Bahrain International Circuit near Zallaq, Bahrain.
Wheels will start spinning for the main race at F1 Bahrain at 2am AEDT on Monday 6 March.
How to watch F1 Bahrain live in Australia
You can catch all the action live from F1 Bahrain via Foxtel, Foxtel now or Kayo Sports.
Compare how Kayo stacks up against Foxtel here.
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Live stream F1 Bahrain Grand Prix on Foxtel Now
You can get a 10-day free trial of Foxtel Now if you're a new customer – then you could watch the Bahrain Grand Prix at no cost.
To watch F1 Bahrain via Foxtel Now you'll need to be subscribed to the base Essentials pack as well as the Sport pack, which costs $54 a month.
While Foxtel costs more than Kayo, you do get access to entertainment content too, not just sport.
The Bahrain Grand Prix is also available to watch live on Foxtel iQ, which costs $74 a month as you need the Sports HD pack.
While that's $20 more expensive, you're able to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix in 4K ultra HD, as well as watch entertainment content.
Live stream Bahrain Grand Prix on Kayo
Kayo is the cheapest option for watching F1 Bahrain live.
If you're a new customer, Kayo is offering a 7-day free trial, so you can catch F1 Bahrain at no cost.
After your free trial, the cheapest way to access Kayo is for $25 a month, which gives you access to 1 stream at a time.
F1 Bahrain race preview
The Bahrain Grand Prix will start this year's Formula 1 championship.
Lewis Hamilton will be one to watch, as he's won the Bahrain Grand Prix 5 times previously, most recently in 2021.
Fernando Alonso is next among current drivers with 3 wins at Bahrain, but his last win took place in 2010.
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Verstappen retired early in last year's race, but reports say he's "very happy" with the performance of Red Bull's RB19 in pre-season testing.
And judging from Red Bull's form in pre-season testing, it looks like Verstappen will start his 2023 season off the same way he finished 2022, with a win.
For more, check out our F1 Australia broadcast guide.