The calendar for the 2018 GP3 season has been released and, with the addition of two new rounds, the series will visit nine tracks in total.
The season will kick off in Barcelona on the 11th of May, joining the Formula 1 and Formula 2 Championships, before heading to the newly introduced Paul Ricard for the first of three rounds in as many weeks.
Sochi is another new addition to the calendar in late September. The standalone round that was contested this year in Jerez has been dropped from the calendar, despite it's success and having been the deciding round of the championship.
CEO of the GP3 series, Bruno Michel said “I am pleased to confirm that we have expanded the 2018 calendar to include a ninth round for the new season, with all of the race weekends taking place alongside Formula One
"We are delighted to race for the first time in Le Castellet and to return to Sochi once again, balancing the need to control costs and to provide a full season for our teams and drivers, and to create more entertainment for the fans.
“This campaign will bring new challenges for the teams with the addition of the new circuits, and for the drivers in mastering the DRS to our third generation GP3 car. I am convinced that there will be many opportunities for our drivers to showcase their talent in front of the F1 paddock and the fans.”
The calendar for the 2018 GP3 season [Image: GP3 Official]