The FIA Formula 2 Championship will stage a 12-round, 24-race schedule in 2018, with all events supporting Formula 1 Grands Prix. Paul Ricardo and Sochi Autodrom have been added to next year’s roster.
The series’ return to France mirrors Formula 1’s return to the country, with the schedule mirroring the ‘triple header’ sequence that spans France, Austria and Great Britain over a four-weekend period.
Sochi will be the penultimate round of the season, replacing this year’s standalone event in Jerez, with the Russian Grand Prix moving from April to September next year.
Once again, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi will bookend the season.
“I am pleased to announce that next year’s calendar will hold 12 events alongside Formula 1,” Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel said in a statement.
“One of our mission statements is to prepare young drivers to the next step: F1.
“Having all of our race weekends take place with F1 will help our drivers to learn as many F1 tracks as possible, but also to prove their race crafts directly in front of the F1 paddock.
“[The calendar] features one more event compared to this year, and is a good balance between racing on F1 circuits in Europe and overseas.”
A notable absentee from the 2018 calendar is a support event for the German Grand Prix, which returns to the Formula 1 schedule next year as part of the biennial deal signed between Hockenheim and Nürburgring. The latter subsequently withdrew from the event, meaning the German Grand Prix was cancelled in 2015 and 2017.
The Formula 2 Championship’s forebear, the International F3000 and GP2 Series championships, were both mainstays on the German Grand Prix schedule since 1990.
|2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship Season Calendar|
|06-08 APR||Bahrain||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||Bahrain Grand Prix|
|27-29 APR||Azerbaijan||Baku City Circuit, Baku||Azerbaijan Grand Prix|
|11-13 MAY||Spain||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona||Spanish Grand Prix|
|24-26 MAY||Monaco||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo||Monaco Grand Prix|
|22-24 JUN||France||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||French Grand Prix|
|29 JUN-01 JUL||Austria||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||Austrian Grand Prix|
|06-08 JUL||Great Britain||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||British Grand Prix|
|27-29 JUL||Hungary||Hungaroring, Budapest||Hungarian Grand Prix|
|24-26 AUG||Belgium||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot||Belgian Grand Prix|
|31 AUG-02 SEP||Italy||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Milan||Italian Grand Prix|
|28-30 SEP||Russia||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi||Russian Grand Prix|
|23-25 NOV||Abu Dhabi||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
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