2018 FOR­MULA 1 AZER­BAI­JAN GRAND PRIX sched­uled for April 27-29

Azer News - - Miscellaneous - By Amina Nazarli

New 2018 date was an­nounced for Baku City Cir­cuit Race on eve of the sec­ond GP in Azer­bai­jan.

The cal­en­dar for the 2018 FIA For­mula One World Cham­pi­onship was ap­proved dur­ing a meet­ing of the FIA World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil in Geneva, Switzer­land with the 2018 For­mula 1 Azer­bai­jan Grand Prix po­si­tioned no­tably ear­lier in the cal­en­dar than it has been in its first two years.

The new date of April 27-29 marks a de­par­ture for Baku City Cir­cuit (BCC) which has hosted the new­est street race in F1 in June in both 2016 and 2017.

In­deed, the new pro­vi­sional cal­en­dar fea­tured a num­ber of high pro­file changes to re­cent sea­sons with a to­tal of 21 Grands Prix sched­uled for next year, thus equalling the 2016 record for the great­est num­ber of races in a year.

“We wanted to fi­nalise next sea­son’s cal­en­dar early, so that all our stake­hold­ers would have more time to pre­pare and we have man­aged it, thanks in part through work­ing closely with the FIA,” com­mented For­mula One Chair­man and CEO, Chase Carey af­ter the un­veil­ing of the pro­vi­sional 2018 F1 cal­en­dar.

“We wanted the ex­ist­ing pro­mot­ers to feel that we are putting all our ef­forts into en­sur­ing that each race is a spe­cial event, so that the fans, our most im­por­tant stake­hold­ers, can en­joy a unique and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. If we can do that, then the en­tire For­mula 1 fam­ily will reap the ben­e­fit.”

The next year’s For­mula 1 Azer­bai­jan Grand Prix will be the fourth race on the cal­en­dar.

The Ger­man Grand Prix has been again in­cluded in the 2018 For­mula 1 cal­en­dar, while the Malaysian Grand Prix has been ex­cluded from it. In­stead, the French Grand Prix will take place af­ter a 10-year break.

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