FIA release 21 race Formula 1 calendar for 2018

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The FIA have released the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship calendar, with 21 rounds including the French Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix.

The Chinese Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix are provisional and subject to confirmation by the commercial rights owner. Should Shanghai happen, then it will be  back-to-back with the race weekend in Bahrain.

In June Le Castellet will host the first French Grand Prix since 2008, while the Azerbaijan Grand Prix moves to an April slot. The weekend in France will be the first race of a triple header with the a Austrian Grand Prix a week later and the British Grand Prix a week after that.

Also making a return, after a one year absence, is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim which will be a back-to-back race weekends with the Hungarian Grand Prix, before the 29 day summer break.

The Belgian Grand Prix will kick off the second half of the season at Spa-Francorchamps, followed a week later by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The Russian Grand Prix, which this year took place in late April, has been shifted to September and will be held a week before the Japanese Grand Prix.

The United States Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix will again be on back-to-back weekends, before the Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks after Mexico and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, on 25 November, once again the season finale.

The Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix weekends clash once again, but no grand prix will clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours which is scheduled to take place on 16-17 June, 2018.

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is approved as follows:

1 25 March Melbourne Australia
2 8 April Shanghai* China
3 15 April Sakhir Bahrain
4 29 April Baku Azerbaijan
5 13 May Barcelona Spain
6 27 May Monaco Monaco
7 10 June Montreal Canada
8 24 June Le Castellet France
9 1 July Spielberg Austria
10 8 July Silverstone Great Britain
11 22 July Hockenheim Germany
12 29 July Budapest Hungary
13 26 August Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
14 2 September Monza Italy
15 16 September Singapore* Singapore
16 30 September Sochi Russia
17 7 October Suzuka Japan
18 21 October Austin USA
19 28 October Mexico City Mexico
20 11 November Sao Paulo Brazil
21 25 November Yas Marina Abu Dhabi

*subject to commercial rights holder confirmation