The message was clear. "We are very excited about adding Germany and France [to the 2018 Formula 1 calendar]," said F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches. "They are two markets that we are going back to and we never want to leave."
For France, it will be a return to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2008, with Paul Ricard playing host. Germany returns after a one-year absence, with a race at Hockenheim.
It marks a huge turnaround from F1's Bernie Ecclestone era, when the 86-year-old's stance was that European races needed to "wake up" and work harder to keep their place on the calendar considering competition from the likes of Russia, Asia and the Middle East.