The FIA has confirmed the 21-race F1 calendar for 2018 following a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.

As previously announced, the schedule features the sport's first triple header as France and Germany return while Malaysia drops out, with every race live on Sky Sports F1.

The only change from the provisional calendar is the date swap between China and Bahrain, with the Sakhir race now heading up the first back-to-back of the season.

Singapore was the only other event that was subject to approval at the time of the provisional calendar, but a new race contract was confirmed in September.

2018 Formula 1 calenda

Melbourne Australia

Sakhir Bahrai

April 15 Shanghai China

April 29 Baku Azerbaijan

May 13 Barcelona Spain

May 27 Monaco Monaco

June 10 Montreal Canada

June 24 Le Castellet France

July 1 Spielberg Austria

July 8 Silverstone Great Britain

July 22 Hockenheim Germany

July 29 Budapest Hungary

August 26 Spa-Francorchamps Belgium

September 2 - Monza Italy

September 16 Singapore Singapore

September 30 Sochi Russia

October 7 Suzuka Japan

October 21 Austin* USA

October 28 Mexico City Mexico

November 11 Sao Paolo Brazil

November 25 Yas Marina Abu Dhabi

The 2018 F1 season will begin in Australia on March 25, the same weekend as this year, and end in Abu Dhabi on November 25.

The Azerbaijan GP in Baku will take place two months earlier on April 29, while the Russian GP in Sochi has been moved back to a late September slot after hosting this year's fourth round.

But the major talking point is the three grands prix in three weekends - an F1 first.

After the French GP on the final weekend of June, the sport will head straight to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian GP on July 1 before then going to Silverstone for the British GP on July 8.

In total, between June 24 and July 29, there will be five grands prix in six weekends ahead of the usual August summer break.

SKY SPORTS F1 IS THE ONLY PLACE TO WATCH EVERY FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX, QUALIFYING AND PRACTICE SESSION LIVE IN 2018.

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