Formula 1 to get first triple-header in 2018

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Formula 1 will have its first triple-header next year, with the French, Austrian and British Grands Prix all due to take place on consecutive weekends.

The return of the French and German Grands Prix in 2018 prompted some headaches for F1's chiefs in trying to fit in enough races into their traditional slots in the calendar.

But in a draft schedule released following a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, France has been handed a June 24 slot and will be followed on subsequent weekends by the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone events.

It means there will be no clash between F1 and the Le Mans 24 Hours, although the French Grand Prix will take place just a week after the endurance classic.

Other changes to the calendar include the Azerbaijan Grand Prix taking a slot in late April, with the Russian GP moving to September, where it will form a back-to-back with the Japanese GP.

The races in China and Singapore remain subject to confirmation of deals with the commercial rights holder.

"We wanted to finalise next season's calendar early, so that all our stakeholders would have more time to prepare and we have managed it, thanks in part through working closely with the FIA," said F1 boss Chase Carey.

"The number of races has increased by one compared to the current season. We received numerous requests from those wishing to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix but we wanted the existing promoters to feel that we are putting all our efforts into ensuring that each race is a special event, so that the fans, our most important stakeholders, can enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience.

"If we can do that, then the entire Formula 1 family will reap the benefit."

FIA president Jean Todt added: "Alongside our partners in Formula 1 and across the FIA's major championships we have been working hard in recent months to achieve greater harmony among the various sporting calendars and reaching an early agreement on the 2018 Formula 1 schedule is part of this ongoing process.

"The FIA would also like to welcome back the French and German Grands Prix to the calendar, as both have a long and rich tradition in the sport.

"In that regard the FIA is particularly pleased that Formula 1 will once again return to France, the historic home of grand prix racing, and to the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the event in 1990."

Date

Event

25 March

 Australia

8 April

 China

15 April

 Bahrain

29 April

 Azerbaijan

13 May

 Spain

27 May

 Monaco

10 June

 Canada

24 June

 France

1 July

 Austria

8 July

 Great Britain

22 July

 Germany

29 July

 Hungary

26 August

 Belgium

2 September

 Italy

16 September

 Singapore

30 September

 Russia

7 October

 Japan

21 October

 USA

28 October

 Mexico

11 November

 Brazil

25 November

 Abu Dhabi

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