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"It was an exciting first race in Azerbaijan a year ago and now we understand the circuit we can return more prepared for a second Grand Prix", said Lowe.

F1 Chairman and CEO Chase Carey said FIA wanted to finalize next season's calendar early so that all stakeholders would have more time to prepare.

Malaysia is off the 2018 Formula 1 schedule by mutual agreement, with France and Germany set to make welcome returns.Rumors had been circling for some time about the future of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

"France was one of the seven races that made up the first ever world championship in 1950 and it now returns after a decade", Carey said.

Delivery of cargoes for holding Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku started.

"In that regard the FIA is particularly pleased that Formula One will once again return to France, the historic home of Grand Prix racing, and to the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the event in 1990".

March 25, Melbourne, AustraliaApril 8, Shanghai, ChinaApril 15, Sakhir, BahrainApril 29, Baku, AzerbaijanMay 13, Barcelona, SpainMay 27, MonacoJune 10, Montreal, CanadaJune 24, Le Castellet, FranceJuly 1, Spielberg, AustriaJuly 8, Silverstone, EnglandJuly 22, Hockenheim, GermanyJuly 29, Budapest, HungaryAug.

Apart from the GP in Australia, 11 races will take place in Europe, five in Asia, and four in the Americas.

Both China and the popular Singapore night race have been marked on the provisional 2018 schedule as "subject to commercial rights holder confirmation". "If we can do that, then the entire Formula 1 family will reap the benefit".

While 21 is a record number for Formula 1, the sport's new owners Liberty Media are believed to be pushing to expand the Championship to 25 races.

As usual, the next season will bgin in Australia on March 25 in Melbourne, and will end on November 25 at the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.

  • Julie Sanders