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Suzuka Secures F1 Japanese GP Until 2029

Suzuka Secures F1 Japanese GP Until 2029

02/02/2024

Formula 1 confirms the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka until 2029, highlighting its iconic status. This move ensures the continuation of thrilling races at one of the sport’s most beloved circuits.

Formula 1 has announced a five-year extension of the Japanese Grand Prix, ensuring the iconic Suzuka circuit remains on the F1 calendar until 2029 inclusive.

Suzuka’s circuit and its 18 turns are a favorite among drivers and fans alike, featuring the iconic “S” curves and the 130R as highlights of what is one of F1’s most famous tracks. Suzuka has hosted numerous memorable moments in Formula 1, with 12 drivers’ championships decided there, the most recent in 2022 when Max Verstappen clinched his second consecutive title.

In 2024, the Japanese Grand Prix will move to a new slot in April – between the races in Australia and China – as part of F1’s efforts to streamline its calendar, creating a more efficient race flow and reducing the distance freight travels worldwide.

This new slot will also see Formula 1 visit Japan during the famous cherry blossom season, giving fans the chance to witness one of the planet’s most iconic natural displays.

Last year’s Japanese Grand Prix attracted 222,000 enthusiastic fans over the race weekend, up from 200,000 in 2022. It also saw over 20,000 people attend the first-ever F1 Fan Festival in downtown Tokyo, featuring appearances by drivers including Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, and local hero Yuki Tsunoda.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said of the announcement: “Suzuka is a special circuit and part of the sport’s fabric, so I’m thrilled that F1 will continue racing there at least until 2029.”

“As we prepare to return to Japan earlier than usual this season, I want to express my immense gratitude to the promoter and the Honda MobilityLand team for supporting our efforts towards greater streamlining of the calendar as we seek to make the sport more sustainable.”

“Our fans in Japan embrace Formula 1 with a unique passion, and we look forward to working with the promoter to deliver the experience they deserve for years to come.”

Tsuyoshi Saito, President and Representative Director of Honda Mobilityland Corporation, added: “I am pleased that we can continue to host the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit from 2025. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Stefano Domenicali and the other concerned members of Formula 1.”

“Our goal is to create a sustainable future, and we are currently preparing to welcome many fans for the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2024 in April, the first time the event will be held in spring.”

“We will continue to work with local communities and government agencies, including the Mie Prefecture and the city of Suzuka, so that Suzuka can continue to be loved by fans around the world and contribute to the prosperity of motorsport culture and industrial development.”

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