2018 Calendars: Formula 1

2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Schedule

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*As at 29 December 2017*

2018 Formula 1 World Championship

Date Event Circuit Location Country
25 Mar Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Melbourne Australia
8 Apr Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir Bahrain
15 Apr Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit Shanghai China
29 Apr Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku Baku Azerbaijan
13 May Gran Premio de Espana Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Barcelona Spain
27 May Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco Monaco Monaco
10 Jun Grand Prix du Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal Canada
24 Jun Grand Prix de France Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet France
1 Jul Grosser Preis von Osterreich Red Bull Ring Spielberg Austria
8 Jul British Grand Prix Silverstone Towcester United Kingdom
22 Jul Grosser Preis von Deutschland Hockenheimring Hockenheim Germany
29 Jul Magyar Nagydij Hungaroring Budapest Hungary
26 Aug Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Francorchamps Belgium
2 Sep Gran Premio d’Italia Autodromo Monza Milan Italy
16 Sep Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Singapore Singapore
30 Sep Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom Sochi Russia
7 Oct Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Suzuka Japan
21 Oct United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas Austin United States
28 Oct Gran Premio de Mexico Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues Mexico City Mexico
11 Nov Grande Premio do Brasil Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace Sao Paulo Brazil
25 Nov Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

What’s Changed?

Deleted events:

  • Sepang, Malaysia.

Returning or new events:

  • Le Castellet (Paul Ricard), France.
  • Hockenheim, Germany.

The French Grand Prix makes a welcome return, this time to Paul Ricard Circuit, Le Castellet, on the South coast. It’ll be the week after Le Mans in the slot held by Baku last year and forms the middle of a trio of consecutive GPs.

The German GP is back too, after a year out, at Hockenheim in the usual July slot.

We have sadly lost the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Two in and one out leaves the total number up to a record-equalling 21 GPs, matching the high mark set in 2016.

There is also a small amount of reshuffling:

Bahrain and China swap places, Bahrain moving up to Round 2 and Shanghai Round 3.

Azerbaijan moves to Round 4, taking up the slot formerly occupied to Russia, thus making way for France to take the summer slot. The Russian GP moves to Malaysia’s 2017 place at the end of September.

We also see the first ever back-to-back-to-back run of 3 consecutive weeks in Formula 1, from France to Austria to Great Britain. Then a week off before going to Germany and Hungary a week apart.

Comment

The return of the historic “French Grand Prix” name is a big plus, it should never have been lost, neither should the German GP. I’m very pleased to have both back.

A French GP in the south of France just as the French themselves move South for holidays is an interesting idea. The question is, how many of them will attend the race when they could be enjoying the Mediterranean resorts? The other question, what sort of facilities will greet them? The other thing to note is the French GP will be held just one week after the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

I’m saddened though to lose Sepang. It is a modern classic and proof that Tilke’s group do know what they are doing when given the chance! The fact is the MotoGP round is a better fit for the local population’s interests, and also for the track as a business case.

Logistically the 3-in-a-row appears to make little sense – surely you would put Britain and France together, then a week off, then stop at Germany and Austria on your way to Hungary? Perhaps this is a future aim.

21 rounds is a heck of a lot and there will be some tired people come the ‘summer break’ after Hungary, following five races in six weekends. I’ve long thought we should have 16 or 17 points-paying Championship races, perhaps with 4 or 5 additional non-Championship races paying a big purse? ‘More’ is not always better.

Clashes

The reality of European motorsport is that Formula 1 sets its calendar and everyone else has to work around it. This isn’t so much the case elsewhere in the world. It isn’t a great situation, there should be some effort to work as one, at least within the FIA family of championships if nothing else, but that’s not the way things are.

And in an era of 21 Grands Prix, clashes will always happen. And the motorsport media will always focus on F1. For these reasons I can’t go into everything that clashes with F1. It is better to look at it the other way, when I look at other championships I’ll note the F1 GPs that clash with them.

The good thing is they have managed to avoid the 24 Hours of Le Mans for another year.

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