The FIA Formula Two Championship will now travel to six contemporary Formula 1 circuits in 2012 following the confirmation by F1 Boss Bernie Ecclestone that the French Grand Prix is to return to Paul Ricard next year.
The circuit, which provides the venue for rounds 11 and 12 of the F2 championship on 22-22 July, was a regular host of the Formula 1 French Grand Prix from 1971 to 1990 until the event moved to Magny-Cours until its demise in 2008.
Since then it's been a regular for series including Formula Renault 3.5, the FIA GT1 World Championship and Le Mans. The deal will see Paul Ricard alternate with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps from 2013.
Speaking to French national newspaper L'Équipe Ecclestone said: "The deal is done. We actually agreed on financial terms with the sports minister, David Douillet, in my office last Tuesday. We are still discussing a few points about money around the race, 'You give me this, I want that' and so on, but, for me, there is no doubt that we will sort it all out."
Along with Paul Ricard, F2 visits five other current F1 venues with Silverstone, Spa, Nűrburgring, Hungaroring and Monza all on this year's calendar. The remaining two venues include former GP circuit Brands Hatch and the F1 testing venue of Portugal's Portimao Circuit - host for this weekend's rounds three and four.
For a full breakdown of the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship calendar click here.