Suzuka Circuit secures Formula 1 future until 2029

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The Japanese Grand Prix will continue to be held at Suzuka until at least 2029 following the signing of a new contract between Formula 1 and the popular Honda-owned circuit.

This announcement comes as a relief to many who feared Formula 1's growing focus on new venues might leave classic tracks like Suzuka behind.

A favourite among F1’s fans and drivers, known for its challenging layout and electrifying atmosphere, Suzuka was one of the few races without a confirmed future beyond this season.

The circuit actively wooed F1 by initiating upgrades and hosting a successful fan event in Tokyo last year, demonstrating its commitment to the sport.

This strategic move, coupled with Honda's continued involvement in F1 as Aston Martin's power unit partner starting in 2026, undoubtedly played a significant role in securing the five-year extension.

While the new deal isn't as lengthy as some recent contracts - Melbourne stretches to 2035, Bahrain's to 2036 - it surpasses Suzuka's previous three-year agreement and marks a positive step forward.

Japan has typically hosted its F1 race in the back-half of the season, but in a bid to improve the calendar’s logistics this year’s event will take place on April 7, between F1’s rounds in Australia and China.

“Suzuka is a special circuit and part of the fabric of the sport,” commented F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. “So I am delighted that F1 will continue to race there until at least 2029.

“As we prepare to return to Japan earlier than usual this season, l would like to express my huge gratitude to the promoter and team at Honda MobilityLand for supporting our effort towards greater calendar rationalisation as we look to make the sport more sustainable.

“Our fans in Japan embrace F1 with a unique passion and we look forward to working with the promoter to give fans the experience they deserve for years to come.”

Suzuka's secured future significantly weakens the case for a street race in Osaka, an endeavor recently promoted by the city. Had Suzuka not secured its future, Osaka's proposal might have been stronger.


“We aim to create a sustainable future, and currently we are preparing to welcome many fans for the 2024 F1 Japanese Grand Prix in April, the first time the event will be held in the spring season,” added Honda Mobilityland president Tsuyoshi Saito

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

Silverstone is now the only venue on F1’s calendar that has yet to secure its future beyond 2024. But the whisper in the paddock suggests a British Grand Prix extension is on the horizon.

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