Formula 1 signed a three-year deal with Suzuka, which means that the Japanese GP will be on the calendar until 2024.
Suzuka held the Japanese race every year since 1987, but its contract is set to expire at the end of this year. However, on Saturday morning, formula 1 confirmed that a new deal has been made with Suzuka, which will host the race until 2024.
“I am truly delighted that Formula 1 will continue to race at Suzuka Circuit for another three years,” said F1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali.
“Japan holds a special place in the hearts and minds of F1 fans all over the world, and Suzuka has played host to many of the sport’s most legendary moments, with 11 drivers’ titles being decided there.
“The Japanese Grand Prix has always showcased gripping, edge-of-your-seat drama, and I am thrilled we can continue to bring the action and excitement that is Formula 1 to the passionate motorsport fans of Japan.”
The future of the sport in Japan was not completely stable since Honda decided to leave the sport. However, with the rookie Yuki Tsunoda coming into the sport, the interest in Japan is still high.
Domenicali also said that it is very important for Formula 1 to have races in Asia, like the one in China and Singapore. Extending the contract with Suzuka was “part of our long-term commitment to growing the sport in Asia,” he said.
“As a result of repeated negotiations with Formula 1, we have been able to conclude a contract on hosting the event from the year 2022 and onward,” said president representative director of Mobilityland, Kaoru Tanaka.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Formula 1 members, including first of all Mr. Stefano Domenicali, for the great understanding that was shown during the negotiations.
“We are determined to continue to our efforts together with local residents of Mie Prefecture and Suzuka City so that Suzuka Circuit will continue to be loved by fans all over the world and contribute to the prosperity of the motorsports culture.”
2022 will be the 60th anniversary of the track, and that is why Tanaka said that the track will celebrate by taking on “new challenges for the future while also cherishing the history and traditions of the sport so that we may provide fans with surprises, joys, and emotional experiences.”