F1 announces a contract extension for Japanese GP to remain at Suzuka for three more seasons, as they look forward for a return in 2021.
The COVID-19 restrictions forced the Japanese GP to be cancelled in 2020, but the hope is there for it to host in 2021. The added bonus for the Suzuka event this year that it is the last race for Honda – for the immediate future – and Yuki Tsunoda racing in F1.
The new deal was signed with race promoter Mobilityland for three seasons, which means Suzuka will continue to host the F1 event, at least, until the 2024 season. “I am truly delighted that Formula 1 will continue to race at Suzuka Circuit for another three years,” said 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.
“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.”
At the same time, Kaoru Tanaka, President Representative Director of Mobilityland Corporation, added: “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.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to F1 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 F1 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.”
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