F1's governing body on Friday published a provisional grand prix calendar for the 2008 season.

Contradicting earlier press reports, Australia is listed as the season opener atop an 18-race schedule; one more than this year.

With a May date, Turkey's round is much earlier than usual, while the Canadian grand prix is marked as provisional.

France has won a reprieve in the form of a solid June date, while the FIA confirmed that Valencia and Singapore will both stage races for the first time.

The season, meanwhile, will end in Brazil later than usual, on November 2. (GMM)

Full schedule after the jump.

2008 Formula One calendar

Mar 16 Australia (Melbourne)

Mar 23 Malaysia (Sepang)

Apr 6 Bahrain (Sakhir)

Apr 27 Spain (Barcelona)

May 11 Turkey (Istanbul)

May 25 Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Jun 8 Canada* (Montreal)

Jun 22 France (Magny Cours)

Jul 6 Britain (Silverstone)

Jul 20 Germany (Hockenheim)

Aug 3 Hungary (Hungaroring)

Aug 24 Europe (Valencia)**

Sep 7 Italy (Monza)

Sep 14 Belgium (Spa Francorchamps)

Sep 28 Singapore**

Oct 12 China (Shanghai)

Oct 19 Japan (Fuji)

Nov 2 Brazil (Interlagos)

* Provisional

** subject to circuit approval