WanderlustFrom Formula 1 to Ferrari: a motorsports guide to Bahrain

Whether you’re watching, racing or exploring, be sure to do it in style

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There’s plenty to keep you entertained during a visit to Bahrain, from camel safaris and majestic mosques, to fragrant spice souks and spectacular landscapes. But for those with a penchant for the hot smell of burning rubber, the scream of tyres on tarmac, and the full throttle of a 1,500-horsepower engine, Bahrain never disappoints. Home to the Bahrain Grand Prix and some of the most glamorous cars on the planet, this island state is a haven for petrol heads. 

 

Cheer the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix

Every March, the Bahrain International Circuit erupts with the deafening roar of revving engines and cheering car enthusiasts, when Formula One comes to Manama. Get up close to the drivers and enjoy prime hospitality in the prestigious Paddock Club; take an exclusive pit lane walkabout, and enjoy the circuit’s state-of-the-art facilities.

 

Drive the King Fahd Causeway

Little beats the Bahrain Grand Prix in terms of loud, star-studded, spectating, but there’s plenty for those who prefer to be behind the wheel, too. Put your foot down on the country’s wide, open roads for some epic exploration and be sure to include the King Fahd Causeway on your itinerary. This impressive 25km stretch of bridges and causeways connects Bahrain with Saudi Arabia (across the Gulf); its a magnificent feat of engineering and a rewarding drive, too. Don’t forget your passport — there’s a border station along the way.

 

Shop the big names

From Maseratis to McLarens, Bahrain’s capital, Manama, gleams with showrooms displaying all the latest supercars. More options are available at Motors, whose stock of well-loved classics can throw up a few surprises – the odd Mitsuoka and vintage Ford GT have been known to make an appearance.

 

Hire a supercar

Driving in Manama can be a hair-raising experience as the Highway Code holds little sway on these roads. Take advantage of Jumeirah Royal Saray, Bahrain’s limousine service for a hassle-free way to get around the city. If being chauffeured is not your style, hire a supercar for the duration of your stay. From a butter-smooth Bentley Continental to a zippy red Ferrari Spider, take your pick from the wide range of sleek, high-end road candy on offer. Once behind the wheel of your chosen steed, relive the drama of Formula One on Bahrain International Circuit’s 5.4km racing track on an open track days. Be sure to secure permission from your hire car provider first.