The iconic Suzuka International Circuit in Japan will be on the calendar until 2024 at least. Formula 1 signed a three-year extension with race promoter Mobilityland.
Suzuka has hosted many legendary moments since 1987: Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna’s controversial clashes in 1989 and 1990, Michael Schumacher’s first title for Ferrari in 2000, and Kimi Raikkonen’s memorable victory from P17 on the grid in 2005 are just three of them.
After the race was cancelled last year, Suzuka is due to host its 32nd Grand Prix in 2021. With Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda on the grid and Honda looking like they could challenge for the World Championship this year with Red Bull before exiting the sport, you can be sure the race promoters and Japanese fans will be desperate for the event to go ahead this year.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO, Formula 1®, said:
“I am truly delighted that Formula 1 will continue to race at Suzuka Circuit for another three years. 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, President Representative Director of Mobilityland Corporation:
“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 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.”