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
Date Event Location Supporting
06-08 APR bh Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir Bahrain Grand Prix
27-29 APR az Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit, Baku Azerbaijan Grand Prix
11-13 MAY es Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona Spanish Grand Prix
24-26 MAY mc Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo Monaco Grand Prix
22-24 JUN fr France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet French Grand Prix
29 JUN-01 JUL at Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg Austrian Grand Prix
06-08 JUL uk Great Britain Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone British Grand Prix
27-29 JUL it Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest Hungarian Grand Prix
24-26 AUG be Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot Belgian Grand Prix
31 AUG-02 SEP it Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Milan Italian Grand Prix
28-30 SEP ru Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi Russian Grand Prix
23-25 NOV ae Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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