The French Grand Prix will be back on the Formula 1 calendar in 2018. The race, which will take place at Paul Ricard, will be confirmed at a press conference in Paris on Monday. The race will be supported by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, which is under the presidence of former racer Christian Estrosi (who I reported on in European F3 back in 1984), with additional funding coming from the city of Toulon and from the département of the Var. the goal of the event will be to drive economic growth in the region. The plan is for the race to be at the end of August 2018, on the date that is currently used by the Belgian GP. This has been chosen as it will mean that the race will fall at the end of the French summer holidays before the annual rentrée. Spa is expected to be moved to the end of July, taking over the date that has been used for the German GP in recent years.