The Bahrain Grand Prix could become the second night race on the Formula One calendar this year following a number of proposed changes to the sport’s timetable.
The race, which takes place a fortnight after the season opener in Melbourne on April 8, has been staged at twilight – starting at dusk and finishing under floodlights – in recent seasons.
But it is understood F1’s American owners Liberty Media want the grand prix to take place at 8pm (6pm UK) in the hope of attracting a wider TV audience.
Liberty, which is overseeing its second season at the helm of the sport following its takeover last January, has also proposed pushing a number of European races back by one hour in the hope of drawing in more fans.
For the first time ever, there will be three races on consecutive weekends – the returning French Grand Prix, and the Austrian and British Grands Prix – to avoid any major clashes with this summer’s World Cup.
The race in France could also start at 4pm, two hours later than traditional European events, to avoid going head-to-head with England’s World Cup group match against Panama on June 24.