The Japanese Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar after officials at the Suzuka International Racing Course signed a new contract to host the race until at least 2024.
Suzuka has been a regular on the calendar since 1987 and is a favourite track for many drivers and fans, and it has played host to no fewer than eleven races that have decided the championship.
The race did not take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and aside from two races at Fuji Speedway in the late 2000’s, Suzuka has played host to every Japanese Grand Prix since the track debuted on the schedule in 1987.
“I am truly delighted that Formula 1 will continue to race at Suzuka Circuit for another three years,” said Stefano Domenicali, the President and CEO of Formula 1. “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.
“This extension is part of our long-term commitment to growing the sport in Asia, and we are pleased to be able to continue our successful relationship with Mobilityland.
“I’d like to personally thank Mr Tanaka and his team for their continued efforts in reaching this agreement, and we look forward to working with the promoter to increase the popularity and fanbase of Formula 1 there.”
Kaoru Tanaka, the President Representative Director of Mobilityland Corporation, the promoters of the Japanese Grand Prix, has welcomed the contract extension with Formula 1 for Suzuka to remain on the schedule for at least another three years.
“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 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.
“In 2022, Suzuka Circuit will celebrate its 60th anniversary. In addition to the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix that will be held from the year 2022 and onward, we will take 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. Please look forward to the events to come.”