The 2018 season is set to be huge for France and Germany, as the two countries reclaim their spots on the F1 calendar. Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Deutschland and Formula 1 Grand Prix de France, missing from the schedule since 2008, are back on the map.
“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″ said Formula One Chariman & CEO Chase Carey.
“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.”
Jean Todt, President of the FIA said they “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.”
The 2018 season will begin, as usual, at Albert Park in Melbourne on March 25th and will be completed eight months later in Abu Dhabi. The additions and reshuffle are a result of the need to balance the lengths of the winter and summer break, meaning part of the season will see Europe host five GPs over a mere six-week period.
See the full 2018 schedule below.
25 March – Melbourne – Australia
8 April – Shanghai – China
15 April – Sakhir – Bahrain
29 April – Baku – Azerbaijan
13 May – Barcelona – Spain
27 May – Monaco – Monaco
10 June – Montreal – Canada
24 June – Le Castellet – France
1 July – Spielberg – Austria
8 July – Silverstone – United Kingdom
22 July – Hockenheim – Germany
29 July – Budapest – Hungary
26 August – Spa-Francorchamps – Belgium
2 September – Monza – Italy
16 September – Singapore – 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