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Suzuka secures F1 future: Historic circuit signs five-year extension until 2029

Posted : 02 February 2024

In a significant move, the iconic Suzuka circuit secures its place on the Formula 1 calendar until 2029 with the signing of a five-year contract extension. This extension comes after Suzuka successfully fended off competition from Osaka, which had expressed interest in hosting a street race in the upcoming years.


 F1 President Stefano Domenicali emphasizes the special status of Suzuka, known for its challenging layout, and expresses delight that the circuit will continue to be part of the F1 fabric until at least 2029.


The Japanese Grand Prix, traditionally held in the autumn, is undergoing a schedule shift to a new slot in April this year as part of F1's sustainability efforts, aiming to achieve net-zero carbon by 2030. This strategic move aligns with F1's goal of reducing the global freight distance by placing Japan in a sequence of races that includes Australia and China.


Despite the recent trend toward street races, Suzuka's renowned status as one of the toughest tracks for drivers makes it irreplaceable in the eyes of F1, solidifying its continued presence on the calendar.


Domenicali underscores Suzuka's integral role in the sport's history and characterizes it as part of F1's fabric. The upcoming Japanese Grand Prix, scheduled for April 5-7, 2029, between the Australian and Chinese events, marks the beginning of this extended era for Suzuka.


Owned by Honda, Suzuka first hosted F1 in 1987 and has since been synonymous with legendary moments, including the intense title deciders between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1989 and 1990, which culminated in dramatic collisions between the two rivals.


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