efe-epaGeneva (Switzerland)

Motorsport's governing body revealed on Monday that France and Germany Grand Prix races are to return to the Formula One calendar for the 2018 season.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) approved a calendar with GP meets, equalling the record for the greatest number of races in a year set in 2016.

"The FIA would also like to welcome back the French and German Grands Prix to the calendar, as both have a long and rich tradition in the sport," said FIA President Jean Todt.

The season will begin on March 25 in Melbourne (Australia) and end on Nov. 25 at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit.

The Spanish Grand Prix will take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 13 May.

The German event will be the Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Deutschland at Hockenheim on July 22, while the Grand Prix de France will be on June 24 at Le Castellet.

"France was one of the seven races that made up the first-ever World Championship in 1950 and it now returns after a decade," said F1 in a statement.

Calendar:

25 March, Melbourne, Australia.

8 April, Shanghai, China.

15 April, Sakhir, Bahrain.

29 April, Baku, Azerbaijan.

13 May, Barcelona, Spain.

27 May, Monaco, Monaco.

10 June, Montreal, Canada.

24 June, Le Castellet, France.

1 July, Spielberg, Austria.

8 July, Silverstone, Great Britain.

22 July, Hockenheim, Germany.

29 July, Budapest, Hungary.

26 August, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

2 September, Monza, Italy.

16 September, Singapore, Singapore.

30 September, Sochi, Russia.

7 October, Suzuka, Japan.

21 October, Austin, USA.

28 October, Mexico City, Mexico.

11 November, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

25 November, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi.