Formula 2 & GP3 calendars expanded for 2018

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Formula 2 will be part of the race program at twelve Formula 1 weekends in 2018, with GP3 joining in for nine of those weekends.

The planned 12-date Formula 2 season for 2018, one longer than this year, begins in Bahrain on April 6-8 and concludes in Abu Dhabi on November 23-25. All twelve Formula 2 events in 2018 are held on Formula 1 weekends. Two of the ten “European” rounds are fly-away events in Azerbaijan (April 27-29) and Russia (September 28-30), whilst the remaining events form the traditional European F1 summer season. Formula 2 returns to Sochi after a two-year gap and adds a new race at Paul Ricard (Le Castellet) as part of the French Grand Prix in late June, the first of three races on consecutive weekends.  An all-new Dallara chassis is being launched for Formula 2 in 2018, the first upgrade since 2011. The new chassis has been designed to look more like the current generation of F1 cars, and also features the halo safety device that will be introduced to F1 next year. This year’s F2 championship was won in convincing style by Ferrari junior driver Charles Leclerc from Monaco, who is eyeing an F1 seat in 2018, potentially with Sauber.

Nine race GP3 calendar unveiled for 2018

The 2018 GP3 season has nine rounds, one more than this year. It begins in Barcelona on May 11-13 and concludes in Abu Dhabi on November 23-25. Only the last two races in Sochi and Abu Dhabi are fly away, with the rest held as part of the European summer season, including the new French race at Paul Ricard. The 2018 season will be the last to be known as GP3, as the FIA plans to rename it as Formula 3 from 2019. Rising British star George Russell, and Mercedes F1 junior driver, took out the GP3 championship in 2017 and is set to move up to Formula 2 in 2018.

Is it worth watching F2 and GP3?
If you are planning a trip to an F1 race in 2018, then you should be excited if GP3 and/or Formula 1 are part of the weekend schedule. F1’s premier feeder championships offer closely matched fields of young hopefuls in identical machinery, close racing and plenty of accidents. Both series stage two races on each F1 weekend, plus practice and qualifying. The main feature race for both series is on Saturday afternoon after F1 qualifying, whilst a second “sprint race” is held on Sunday morning.

No Jerez, No Germany

The only European Formula 1 weekend that will not feature either Formula 2 or GP3 is the returning German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring on July 20-22, whilst the Monaco round in late May includes Formula 2, but not GP3. Missing from the expanded 2018 calendar for F2 and GP3 is the standalone event held at Jerez this year, which was widely criticized for its poor organization, especially on-track marshaling. The final eight race weekends for both F2 and GP3 are the same in 2018, starting in France on June 22-24 and ending in Abu Dhabi on November 23-25. The gap between the penultimate and final rounds is almost two months. If the championships are not sown up by then, it promises to be an agonising wait for the contenders!

2018 Formula 2 calendar

April 6-8, Bahrain (Sakhir International Circuit)
April 27-29, Azerbaijan (Baku City Circuit)
May 11-13, Spain (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya)
May 24-26, Monaco (Circuit de Monaco)
June 22-24, France (Paul Ricard)
June 29 - July 1, Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 6-8, Britain (Silverstone)
July 27-29, Hungary (Hungaroring)
August 24-26, Belgium (Spa Francorchamps)
August 31 - September 2, Italy (Monza)
September 28-30, Russia (Sochi Autodrom)
November 23-25, Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

2018 GP3 calendar



May 11-13, Spain (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya)


June 22-24, France (Paul Ricard)
June 29 - July 1, Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 6-8, Britain (Silverstone)
July 27-29, Hungary (Hungaroring)
August 24-26, Belgium (Spa Francorchamps)
August 31 - September 2, Italy (Monza)
September 28-30, Russia (Sochi Autodrom)
November 23-25, Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

Are you looking forward to the new season for Formula 2 and GP3? Leave a comment below.

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