The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 at the Paul Ricard circuit, the head of the Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur, Christian Estori confirmed in a news conference on Monday.

Mr Estori confirmed that the Paul Ricard circuit have signed a five year contract to host the French Grand Prix. The last time France hosted a Grand Prix was in 2008 at the Magny-Cour circuit. The announcement of a European race returning to the calendar comes in wake of the Austrian Grand Prix returning to the calendar at the Spielberg circuit in 2014.

The news comes following last week’s announcement that the German Grand Prix is off the calendar for the 2017 season meaning that there will only be 20 races on the calendar in 2017.

If Germany returns in 2018, we have the prospect of an unprecedented 22 race calendar. The news also comes in the wake of Monza agreeing a contract extension to host the Italian Grand Prix. As it stands in 2018, if Germany does not return to the calendar there will be seven European races.

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