The provisional calendar for the 2018 Formula One season has been released after being approved during an FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting yesterday in Geneva.
The main talking point from the 2018 calendar is that the French Grand Prix is back for the first time since 2008, with the return of the German Grand Prix penciled in as well.
Another huge talking point is the triple header that has been included in the calendar – The French, Austrian, and British Grand Prix are all set to take place on three consecutive weekends.
The Azerbaijan GP has been moved to late April, and the Russian GP has been moved to September. This schedule also means that in 2018, there shall be no clash between an F1 event and the 24 hours of Le Mans.
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“We wanted to finalise next season’s calendar early”, said F1 head Chase Carey. “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.
“The number of races has increased by one compared to the current season. We received numerous requests from those wishing to host a Formula One Grand Prix but we wanted the existing promoters to feel that we were 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.”
“The FIA would like to welcome back the French and German Grands Prix to the calendar, as both have a long and rich tradition in the sport”, added FIA President Jean Todt, “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.”
There have been conflicting opinions since this calendar has come out. From the fan’s point of view, it’s amazing. An extra race, three consecutive race weekends – lovely. But from the point of view of competing teams, it is hard work. Travelling in F1 is intense as it is, and the engineers, mechanics, marketing teams etc are hardly looking forward to extra travel, let alone trying to pull off a triple header.
We’ll have to wait and see how this argument pans out and if there shall be any chances made to the final calendar, but for now, this is the provisional calendar for the 2018 Formula 1 season.
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– Aditya Bhat.