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FIA reveals 21 date 2018 calendar

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19/06/2017

The FIA has revealed a 21 date F1 calendar for 2018 including the sport's first triple header.

While the Malaysia Grand Prix drops off the calendar after this year's race, both the French and German Grands Prix make welcome returns, as Europe has been losing races in recent years.

However, the draft schedule issued by the FIA today, following its meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, reveals the first ever triple-header in the history of the sport, with the French, British and Austrian rounds taking place on successive weekends.

While there are no clashes with the Le Mans 24-Hour race, which is scheduled for 16/17 June, Fernando Alonso should note that the Indy 500 once again clashes with the Monaco Grand Prix.

The biggest change is the Russian Grand Prix which moves from April to September and will form a back-to-back with Japan.

Both the Chinese and Singapore rounds are subject to official confirmation of deals with the Commercial Rights Holder.

"We wanted to finalise next season's calendar early, so that all our stakeholders would have more time to prepare and we have managed it," said Chase Carey, "thanks in part through working closely with the FIA.

"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."

"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," added Jean Todt.

"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."

Date Race Circuit
25-Mar Australia Melbourne
08-Apr China Shanghai*
15-Apr Bahrain Sakhir
29-Apr Azerbaijan Baku
13-May Spain Barcelona
27-May Monaco Monaco
10-Jun Canada Montreal
24-Jun France Le Castellet
01-Jul Austria Spielberg
08-Jul Great Britain Silverstone
22-Jul Germany Hockenheim
29-Jul Hungary Budapest
26-Aug Belgium Spa Francorchamps
02-Sep Italy Monza
16-Sep Singapore Singapore*
30-Sep Russia Sochi
07-Oct Japan Suzuka
21-Oct USA Austin
28-Oct Mexico Mexico City
11-Nov Brazil Sao Paulo
25-Nov Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

* Subject to commercial rights holder confirmation

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1. Posted by Nortim, 19/06/2017 20:12

"30-Sep Russia Sochi
07-Oct Japan Suzuka

1 Week for half way across the world??? I guess they think if Japan and Russia are neighbors then those 2 circuits must be very close."

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