French Grand Prix will return for the first time in a decade, setting up a triple header next year
China and Singapore are doubts on next year’s Formula One calendar while the French Grand Prix will return for the first time in a decade.
Both Asian-based races had asterisks alongside them as they are yet to complete commercial deals with the rights holder.
While the return of the French Grand Prix will as also see the first ever run of three consecutive races.
Silverstone will be the last Grand Prix of the triple header, with the France and Austria GP coming beforehand respectively.
The 21-race schedule will begin in Australia on March 25 and will end in Abu Dhabi on November 25.
2018 Formula One calendar
25 March: Australia (Melbourne)
8 April: China* (Shanghai)
15 April: Bahrain (Sakhir)
29 April: Azerbaijan (Baku)
13 May: Spain (Barcelona)
27 May: Monaco
10 June: Canada (Montreal)
24 June: France (Le Castellet)
1 July: Austria (Spielberg)
8 July: Great Britain (Silverstone)
22 July: Germany (Hockenheim)
29 July: Hungary (Budapest)
26 August: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
2 September: Italy (Monza)
16 September: Singapore*
30 September: Russia (Sochi)
7 October: Japan (Suzuka)
21 October: USA (Austin, TX)
28 October: Mexico (Mexico City)
11 November: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
25 November: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
The calendar has been rearranged compared to this year’s one after the introduction of the French Grand Prix.
F1’s former ruler Bernie Ecclestone first mooted the idea of three consecutive grands prix in Asia last year, but it was feared the hectic schedule would place too much pressure on the sport’s teams.
Speaking at the time, 2009 world champion Jenson Button said: “It’s easy for drivers, but it’s very different for the teams.
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“These guys spend so much time away from home, and it’s very difficult not only for their relationships, but also their families.
“With three back-to-back races, personally, I feel it is too much for Formula One.”
The sport’s new owners, Liberty Media, also have plans to extend the calendar to 25 races, but double world-champion Fernando Alonso said he would walk away from the sport if that happened.