Formula One 21-race calendar for 2018 confirmed with the British Grand Prix to conclude the first-ever triple header
- The 21-race Formula One calendar for 2018 has been confirmed by the FIA?
- Schedule features the sport's first triple header as France and Germany return
- Only change from provisional calendar is date swap between China and Bahrain
- The season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25?
The only change from the provisional calendar is the date swap between China and Bahrain, with the Sakhir race now heading up the first back-to-back of the season.??
As usual, the season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25 while three grands prix in a row have also been introduced next year as expected.?
The British Grand Prix will conclude Formula One's first ever triple header next season?
The only change from the provisional calendar is the date swap between China and Bahrain
FORMULA ONE 2018 SEASON?
March 25: Melbourne, Australia
April 8: Sakhir, Bahrain
April 15: Shanghai, China
April 29: Baku, Azerbaijan
May 13: Barcelona, Spain
May 27: Monaco
June 10: Montreal, Canada
June 24: Le Castellet, France
July 1: Spielberg, Austria
July 8: Silverstone, England
July 22: Hockenheim, Germany
July 29: Budapest, Hungary
Aug 26: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Sept 2: Monza, Italy
Sept 16: Singapore
Sept 30: Sochi, Russia
Oct 7: Suzuka, Japan
Oct 21: Austin, United States*
Oct 28: Mexico City, Mexico
Nov 11: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nov 25: Abu Dhabi, UAE
* (subject to confirmation)?
After the French GP on the final weekend of June, the sport will head straight to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian GP on July 1 before then going to Silverstone for the British GP on July 8.?
Away from the triple header, there were questions raised about the Brazilian GP being held next year in Sao Paulo after serious security scares last month.
Members of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team were robbed at gun point in their minivan while leaving the track. Valuables were stolen but there were no injuries reported.
Street crime is endemic in Brazil, which has been battered in the last several years by its worst recession in memory. Thieves at the F1 race often target cars stuck in traffic jams at the exit of the circuit located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Sao Paulo city centre.
As usual, the season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25
At this year's race, FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani said the car in which he was leaving the track was assaulted by gun-wielding assailants who attempted to smash in the bullet-proof windows with the vehicle stuck in traffic.
In response to these latest incidents, new security measures were proposed on Wednesday.
The FIA directly urged that the race promoter use an 'independent security expert to evaluate and advise on security plans,' while implementing a police reporting hub at the circuit and improving 'overall communication between the promoter security, police and F1 stakeholders.'
The French GP, meanwhile, returns after a 10-year absence and will be hosted at the iconic Paul Ricard circuit, also known as Le Castellet, in southern France on June 24.
Questions raised about Brazilian GP being held in Sao Paulo - but the race will happen
Paul Ricard last hosted the French GP in 1990. The race was then organised at Magny-Cours from 1991-2008 but was dropped from the calendar in 2008 because of financial issues.
The German GP, which has struggled with attendances and track fees, was scrapped this year but will return at Hockenheim on July 22.
The Azerbaijan GP has been moved forward to April 29, making it the fourth race of the season. The Russian GP in Sochi, held this year at the end of April, shifts to September 30. That late September slot was normally reserved for the Malaysian GP, which has been dropped.
There were doubts over the Singapore GP, subject to commercial rights holder confirmation, but it will go ahead on September 16.??
The French GP returns after a 10-year absence and will be hosted at iconic Paul Ricard circuit
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