GP3 confirms nine-round 2018 calendar
6 November 2017 – Organisers of the GP3 Series have announced an expanded nine-round 2018 calendar, with the addition of France and return of Russia.
The series will begin and end in Barcelona and Abu Dhabi, as per 2017, with the standalone Jerez round dropped in favour of visits to Paul Ricard and Sochi, the latter having been part of the roster in 2014/15.
All nine events on the 2018 schedule will act as support races to Formula 1 and Formula 2 rounds.
"I am pleased to confirm that we have expanded the 2018 calendar to include a ninth round for the new season, with all of the race weekends taking place alongside Formula 1," said GP3 chief Bruno Michel.
"We are delighted to race for the first time in Le Castellet and to return to Sochi once again, balancing the need to control costs and to provide a full season for our teams and drivers, and to create more entertainment for the fans.
"This campaign will bring new challenges for the teams with the addition of the new circuits, and for the drivers in mastering the DRS to our third generation GP3 car.
"I am convinced that there will be many opportunities for our drivers to showcase their talent in front of the F1 paddock and the fans."
Next year is set to be the final season of GP3 under its current title, ahead of the planned merger with European Formula 3 for 2019.
2018 GP3 Series calendar:
11-13 May / Barcelona, Spain
22-24 June / Le Castellet, France
29 June-01 July / Spielberg, Austria
06-08 July / Silverstone, Great Britain
27-29 July / Budapest, Hungary
24-26 August / Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
31 August-02 September / Monza, Italy
28-30 September / Sochi, Russia
23-25 November / Yas Marina, UAE