Formula 1 has today announced a five-year extension with Suzuka Circuit, Japan. The extension will see the iconic venue remain on the F1 calendar until 2029.
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The high-speed, 18-corner Suzuka Circuit is a favourite of drivers and fans alike, with the iconic ‘S’ Curves and 130R highlights around what is one of F1’s most celebrated tracks. Suzuka has hosted many memorable moments in Formula 1, with 12 Drivers’ Championships settled there, including most recently in 2022 when Max Verstappen sealed his second consecutive title.
In April 2024, the Japanese Grand Prix will move to a new slot between races in Australia and China as part of F1’s efforts to rationalise its calendar and become net zero by 2030. This move creates a more efficient flow of races and reduces the distance freight travels worldwide. Japan’s world-famous cherry blossom season will also be in full bloom, offering fans the opportunity to take in fantastic racing and one of Earth’s most iconic natural spectacles.
Last year’s Japanese Grand Prix was attended by 222,000 passionate fans across the race weekend, up from 200,000 in 2022. More than 20,000 people attended the first-ever F1 Fan Festival in downtown Tokyo, with appearances by drivers including Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, and hometown hero Yuki Tsunoda.
Stefano Domenicali, President & CEO, Formula 1:
Suzuka is a unique circuit and part of the fabric of the sport, 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 immense gratitude to the promoter and team at Honda MobilityLand for supporting our effort towards more excellent calendar rationalisation as we look 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 give fans the experience they deserve for years to come.
Tsuyoshi Saito, President and Representative Director of Honda Mobilityland Corporation:
I am pleased that we can continue hosting the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit from 2025 onwards. I want to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Stefano Domenicali and other related Formula 1 members.
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