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*Correct at 25 November 2018*
2018 Formula 1 World Championship
|17 Mar||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||Melbourne||Australia|
|31 Mar||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||Sakhir||Bahrain|
|14 Apr||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit||Shanghai||China|
|28 Apr||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku||Baku||Azerbaijan|
|12 May||Gran Premio de Espana||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Barcelona||Spain|
|26 May||Grand Prix de Monaco||Monaco||Monaco||Monaco|
|9 Jun||Grand Prix du Canada||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||Montreal||Canada|
|23 Jun||Grand Prix de France||Circuit Paul Ricard||Le Castellet||France|
|30 Jun||Grosser Preis von Osterreich||Red Bull Ring||Spielberg||Austria|
|14 Jul||British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Towcester||United Kingdom|
|28 Jul||Grosser Preis von Deutschland||Hockenheimring||Hockenheim||Germany|
|4 Aug||Magyar Nagydij
|1 Sep||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps||Francorchamps||Belgium|
|8 Sep||Gran Premio d’Italia||Autodromo Monza||Milan||Italy|
|22 Sep||Singapore Grand Prix||Singapore||Singapore||Singapore|
|29 Sep||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||Sochi||Russia|
|13 Oct||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka Circuit||Suzuka||Japan|
|27 Oct||Gran Premio de Mexico||Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues||Mexico City||Mexico|
|3 Nov||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||Austin||United States|
|17 Nov||Grande Premio do Brasil||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace||Sao Paulo||Brazil|
|1 Dec||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates|
There are no new or returning events and none drop off the calendar, so the same line-up of 21 events as in 2018.
The opening rounds in Australia and Bahrain move a week earlier, China stays in the same place so that removes a back-to-back.
This creates a fortnightly, ‘week on, week off’ format all the way until June’s back-to-backs, France and Austria.
Britain has been moved away from France and Austria so we don’t repeat the 3-in-a-row of 2018. This in turn shunts the Germany and Hungary back-to-backs a week later.
To keep the summer break at 3 clear off-weekends Belgium and Italy back-to-backs also move a week later. For British fans this means Spa is no longer on the August Bank Holiday weekend, a good thing as anyone who has ever tried to get the EuroTunnel that Holiday Monday, with Grand Prix traffic mixed in, will tell you!
The bad news for Brits is the WEC Silverstone round is the same weekend as F1 Spa, so we’ll have to make a decision which to attend.
There’s also a little bit of shuffling with Singapore and Japan. The back-to-back is now Singapore to Russia, rather than Russia to Japan. Perhaps this time people will work to Sochi’s hours while in Singapore instead of the ridiculous European time? (Honestly, there’s nothing stopping them treating it as if it starts at 5pm ‘body clock time’).
Mexico and USA switch places, Mexico now goes first. This is the only switch of events in the whole calendar.
The knock-on effect of the later summer break means the last race of the year in Abu Dhabi is scheduled for December 1st, the first time Formula 1 has raced in December since 1963.