Qatar GP Schedule 2023: Formula 1

Track Schedule

The Qatar GP weekend follows F1’s Sprint format. F1 track action starts on Friday at Losail with a 1-hour free practice session (FP1) for teams to find the perfect setup. Qualifying takes place on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, the Sprint Shootout sets the grid for the Sprint later that day. The Grand Prix is on Sunday, with starting positions determined by the results of Friday’s qualifying session.

f1 track schedule
FridayFirst Practice16:30 - 17:30
Qualifying 20:00 - 21:00
SaturdaySprint Shootout16:00 - 16:44
Sprint (19 Laps or 60 Mins)20:30 - 21:30
SundayGrand Prix (57 laps or 120 minutes)*20:00 - 22:00

*An F1 race has a maximum time of 2 hours, but can run for up to 3 hours if there are red flags. Jump to full timetable.

Pitstop Practice

Spectators with a view of the pits try not to blink. This is where pit crews hone their skills for the 2-second tyre change.

Pitstop Practice at the Qatar GP is from 14:00 – 14:30 on Saturday.

pitstop practice schedule

Track Parade

This is when the grandstands really start to fill up. 2 hours before lights out, drivers warm-up for the race by waving at fans and answering questions. Last chance photo op before the helmets go on.

The driver’s parade at the Qatar GP is from 17:50 – 18:20 on Sunday.

f1 track parade time

Full Timetable for the Qatar Grand Prix Weekend

FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER Local time
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour14:45 -16:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk14:45 -16:00
FIAF1 Car Presentation15:00 - 16:00
Formula 1Teams' Press Conference18:00 - 19:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk18:30 - 19:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour18:30 - 19:30
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice14:00 - 14:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk14:00 - 15:15
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour14:00 - 15:15
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk17:15 - 19:40
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour17:50 - 19:40
FORMULA 1SPRINT (19 Laps or 60 Mins)20:30 - 21:00
Formula 1Press Conference21:00 - 21:30
F1 ExperiencesF1 Experiences Champions Club Grid Walk & Trophy Photo21:30 - 22:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour14:40 - 15:40
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk14:40 - 15:40
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk17:00 - 18:45
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour17:45 - 18:45
Formula 1Drivers' Parade17:50 - 18:20
Formula 1National Anthem19:46 - 19:48
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (57 LAPS OR 120 MINS)20:00 - 22:00

All start times in this timetable and other schedules on this page are in the local timezone at the track. Times are subject to change.

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