FIA confirms final 2018 Formula 1 calendar with one change

The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has finalised the 2018 Formula 1 calendar, with one change compared to the provisional release earlier this season.

China and Bahrain will switch places, with Bahrain taking up the second round slot and China the third.

Chinese organisers hope the change, which means the race will no longer clash with the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, will increase spectator numbers.

The 21-race calendar, which equals the record for the most number of races in an F1 season, sees the loss of Malaysia and the return of France – which forms part of a triple-header along with Austria and Great Britain – and Germany.

The season will start on March 25 in Australia and end in Abu Dhabi on November 25 – with Hungary and Belgium bookending the four-week summer break in August.

The United States GP remains subject to the approval of the local sanctioning body.

2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Calendar

Date Location Country
25 March Melbourne Australia
8 April Sakhir Bahrain
15 April Shanghai China
29 April Baku Azerbaijan
13 May Barcelona Spain
27 May Monaco Monaco
10 June Montreal Canada
24 June Le Castellet France
1 July Spielberg Austria
8 July Silverstone Great Britain
22 July Hockenheim Germany
29 July Budapest Hungary
26 August Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
2 September Monza Italy
16 September Singapore Singapore
30 September Sochi Russia
7 October Suzuka Japan
21 October Austin* USA*
28 October Mexico City Mexico
11 November Sao Paulo Brazil
25 November Yas Marina Abu Dhabi