The 2018 Formula 1 calendar is confirmed

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The 2018 Formula 1 calendar has been signed off by the FIA’s World Motorsports Council after its meeting in Paris on Wednesday. The 21-race season, the equal longest on record, begins in Australia on March 25 and ends exactly eight months later in Abu Dhabi on November 25.

The FIA also announced several changes to the Sporting and Technical regulations for 2018, including “changing the event timetable to increase flexibility” and a simplification of the power unit penalty system. The FIA also presented the results of a report into the security situation at the Brazilian Grand Prix after a number of robberies and incidents at Interlagos this year. The report recommended that “the promoter, who is responsible for the security of the event, retains an independent security expert to evaluate and advise on security plans, implements a police reporting hub at the circuit and improves overall communication between the promoter security, police and F1 stakeholders. The World Council strongly urged the promoter to implement these recommendations and improve the situation ahead of next year’s event.”

Just one significant change has been made to the 2018 F1 calendar first announced in late June, with Bahrain and China swapping early-season slots. The move was prompted by China’s desire to avoid a clash with an important festival that could have impacted spectator numbers. New multi-year race contracts have also been recently agreed in China and Singapore, both of which were previously unconfirmed. Only one question mark remains on the final 2018 calendar; the US Grand Prix in Austin is listed as ‘subject to ASN approval.’

2018 F1 testing schedule

  • February 26-March 1: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
  • March 6-9: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
  • May 15-16: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
  • July 31-August 1: Hungaroring, Hungary

Here’s a quick recap of the 2018 F1 calendar highlights

  • The French Grand Prix makes a welcome return after ten years off the calendar. It will be staged at the Paul Ricard (Le Castellet) circuit, which last hosted the event in 1990.
  • The German Grand Prix also returns after a year off, but the longer term future of the race remains in doubt as the Hockenheimring circuit is only committed to staging the race every two years.
  • The European season includes the first ever triple-header (France on June 24, Austria on July 1 and Britain on July 8) as part of five races in six weekends. The compacted schedule was deemed necessary to avoid a clash with the FIFA World Cup final in Russia on July 15.
  • The Azerbaijan Grand Prix moves to an earlier-season slot in late April previously occupied by the Russian Grand Prix, which in turn gets a new date in late September, between Singapore and Japan.

Check the full 2018 Formula 1 calendar below. Tickets are already on sale for more than half of 2018’s races. Read our comprehensive travel guides and start planning your 2018 F1 holiday now!

Race Buy TicketsBuy ExperiencesMore info
Australia-iconAustralia
March 25
Fangio, Prost and Senna Premium grandstands sold out.
Bahrain-iconBahrain
April 8
Tickets expected to go on sale in December 2017
China-iconChina
April 15
Tickets not yet on sale
Azerbaijan
April 29
Up to 20% off until December 31, 2017
Spain-iconSpain
May 13
Up to 10% off until Feb 28, 2018
Monaco-iconMonaco
May 27
Some grandstand (K, L, O, V) beginning to sell out already
Canada-iconCanada
June 10
All ticket categories still available
France
June 24
Tickets not yet on sale. New travel guide coming soon!
Austria-iconAustria
July 1
Up to 20% off until December 31, 2017
United-Kingdom-iconBritain
July 8
All ticket categories still available
Germany
July 22
Early bird discounts (5-10%) apply until December 31, 2017. New travel guide coming soon!
Hungary-iconHungary
Jul 29
Save up to 20% until December 31, 2017
Belgium-iconBelgium
Aug 26
Save up to 10% until January 31, 2018
Italy-iconItaly
Sept 2
Tickets expected to go on sale in December 2017
Singapore-iconSingapore
Sep 16
Save up to 28% until May 8, 2018
Russia-iconRussia
Sept 30
Tickets not yet on sale
Japan-iconJapan
Oct 7
Tickets not yet on sale
United-States-iconUSA
Oct 21
Tickets expected to go on sale in March 2018
Mexico-iconMexico
Oct 28
Tickets not yet on sale
Brazil-iconBrazil
Nov 11
Tickets not yet on sale
United-Arab-Emirates-iconAbu Dhabi
Nov 25
Tickets not yet on sale

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He’s been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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