Formula One 2018 calendar revealed with the return of the German and French Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 19, 2017 Updated: 3:55 PM
As the 2017 Formula One season is underway, the 2018 F1 calendar has just been released after a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sports Council, held today in Geneva, Switzerland.
The new owners continue to take positive steps forward in reshaping the sport as next year's calendar offers 21 races with the first ever triple hitter along with the return of the German and French Grand Prix.
The Chinese and Singapore Grand Prix remain subject to confirmation of deals with the commercial rights holder.
The Baku Grand Prix in Azerbaijan will be moved to late April, with the Russian Grand Prix moving to September, where it will line up back-to-back with the Japanese Grand Prix.
Formula One chairman and CEO Chase Carey was pleased with the effort that went into getting the calendar prepared sooner than in previous years.
“We wanted to finalize next season’s calendar early, so that all our stakeholders would have more time to prepare and we have managed it, thanks in part through working closely with the FIA,” Carey said.
“We are proud to confirm that the German and French Grands Prix will take place in 2018. France was one of the seven races that made up the first-ever World Championship in 1950 and it now returns after a decade. It will be held at the Paul Ricard circuit, which last hosted a round of the F1 Championship in 1990.
“The number of races has increased by one compared to the current season. We received numerous requests from those wishing to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix but we wanted the existing promoters to feel that we are putting all our efforts into ensuring that each race is a special event, so that the fans, our most important stakeholders, can enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience.
“If we can do that, then the entire Formula 1 family will reap the benefit.”
The FIA President also commented on next year’s calendar and the return of the French Grand Prix. “Alongside our partners in Formula 1 and across the FIA’s major championships we have been working hard in recent months to achieve greater harmony among the various sporting calendars and reaching an early agreement on the 2018 Formula 1 schedule is part of this ongoing process.
“The FIA would also like to welcome back the French and German Grands Prix to the calendar, as both have a long and rich tradition in the sport.”
He added. “In that regard, the FIA is particularly pleased that Formula One will once again return to France, the historic home of Grand Prix racing, and to the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the event in 1990.”
2018 FORMULA 1 CALENDAR
25 March -- Melbourne, Australia
8 April -- Shanghai, China*
15 April -- Sakhir, Bahrain
29 April -- Baku, Azerbaijan
13 May -- Barcelona, Spain
27 May -- Monte Carlo, Monaco
10 June -- Montreal, Canada
24 June -- Le Castellet, France
1 July -- Spielberg, Austria
8 July -- Silverstone, Great Britain
22 July -- Hockenheim, Germany
29 July -- Budapest, Hungary
26 August -- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
2 September -- Monza, Italy
16 September -- Marina Bay, Singapore*
30 September -- Sochi, Russia
7 October -- Suzuka, Japan
21 October -- Austin, USA
28 October -- Mexico City, Mexico
11 November -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
25 November -- Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
*subject to commercial rights holder confirmation