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Suzuka Extends Japanese Grand Prix Deal To 2012

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The Suzuka circuit in Japan, recognised as a favourite amongst drivers and fans, has extended its contract to host the Japanese Grand Prix by another year.

It was feared that the track might be lost from the calendar next season now that major manufacturers Toyota and Honda, and tyre supplier Bridgestone, have left the sport. However, with Kamui Kobayashi performing well for Sauber last season, local interest in Formula 1 remains strong.

The track, which is owned by Honda, will continue to fight for its position in the long term though, with new venues vying for the opportunity to host an F1 race.

Unlike other races, such as the ones in China, Korea and the Gulf States, the Japanese Grand Prix does not receive financial support from governments, and may find it difficult to compete with the venues who can pay higher fees.

The Japanese Grand Prix this season takes place on 9th October.

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