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F1 confirms legendary circuit to remain on calendar after new deal agreed with Honda

James Black April 24, 2021
F1 Grand Prix of Japan
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Formula One will continue to race at Suzuka until 2024 at the earliest after the Japanese circuit agreed an extension to their contract between F1 and the circuit’s owners, Honda.

The legendary circuit has played host to some of the most iconic moments in the sport’s history since joining the calendar in 1987, with no fewer than eleven World Champions being crowned at the figure-of-eight track.

F1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali is “thrilled” that the iconic track will remain on the calendar for another three years, insisting the track held a “special place” for fans.

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“I am truly delighted that Formula 1 will continue to race at Suzuka Circuit for another three years,” Domenicali said.

“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.”

Whether it was Prost v Senna, Damon Hill leaving Murray Walker with a lump in his throat, Kimi Raikkonen’s incredible drive from 17th to the top step of the podium or any of the litany of era-defining moment that have occured at the 5.807 km track, Suzuka usually delivers some of the most entertaining racing each season.

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Having the Japanese circuit remain on the calander rather than the Herman Tilke-butchered Fuji Speedway will be sure to please fans with the last running of the Japanese GP at Fuji in 2007 and 2008 proving hugely unpopular.

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James has been with Not The Old Firm since the beginning and took over as Managing Editor in 2021. As well as NTOF, James has written for HITC, Rangers News, The Daily Record, SB Nation, Shoot! Magazine and Youth Football Scotland. He can be found on Twitter @jamesblack1986 and, away from Scottish football, has a keen interest in MLS (Chicago Fire) and Formula 1.