Formula 1 to feature 'triple header' in 2018

Formula 1 to feature 'triple header' in 2018

19 June 2017 – Formula 1 will stage a record-equalling 21-race season in 2018, the FIA's World Motor Sport Council has announced, with the sport also set to experience its first ever 'triple header' sequence.

Australia will once again open the campaign, with Abu Dhabi retained as the season finale, the championship running from late March to late November, as per 2017.

Returning events in France (at Paul Ricard) and Germany (at Hockenheim) have been given dates of 24 June and 22 July respectively.

France's comeback is set to form the first of a triple-header, with races in Austria and Britain to take place over successive weekends.

Azerbaijan has been moved from June to April, taking Russia's date, with Sochi consequently forming the first of a back-to-back with Japan in late September.

Malaysia, which joined the championship in 1999, will not feature in 2018, after officials at Sepang and new owners Liberty Media mutually agreed to end its contract prematurely.

Events in China and Singapore remain subject to confirmation from the Commercial Rights Holder.

The calendar also avoids a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours, which will take place on 16-17 June.

Confirmed 2018 F1 calendar:

25 March – Australia (Melbourne)
8 April – China (Shanghai)*
15 April – Bahrain (Sakhir)
29 April – Azerbaijan (Baku)
13 May – Spain (Barcelona)
27 May – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
10 June – Canada (Montréal)
24 June – France (Le Castellet)
1 July – Austria (Spielberg)
8 July – Britain (Silverstone)
22 July – Germany (Hockenheim)
29 July – Hungary (Budapest)
26 August – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
2 September – Italy (Monza)
16 September – Singapore (Marina Bay)*
30 September – Russia (Sochi)
7 October – Japan (Suzuka)
21 October – USA (Austin)
28 October – Mexico (Mexico City)
11 November – Brazil (Sao Paolo)
25 November – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
*Subject to CRH

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