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(Reuters) – The Japanese Grand Prix will stay at Suzuka till a minimum of the top of the 2024 season after Formulation One and circuit homeowners introduced a three-year contract extension on Saturday.

The determine of eight observe south-west of Nagoya first hosted a Formulation One race in 1987 and has supplied the decider for 11 drivers’ championships.

“This extension is a part of our long-term dedication to rising the game in Asia, and we’re happy to have the ability to proceed our profitable relationship with Mobilityland,” mentioned Formulation One chief govt Stefano Domenicali in a press release.

Mobilityland is a subsidiary of Honda.

Japan has a brand new younger expertise in 20-year-old rookie Yuki Tsunoda, the nation’s first grand prix driver since 2014. Crimson Bull’s engine companions Honda are leaving the game on the finish of this season, nonetheless.

Tsunoda scored factors on his F1 race debut with Crimson Bull-owned AlphaTauri when he completed ninth in Bahrain final month.

He spoke afterwards about going to Suzuka along with his father to observe the race, and being a fan of double world champion Fernando Alonso who continues to be on the grid with Renault-owned Alpine.

The circuit, which didn’t host a race final season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will rejoice its sixtieth anniversary subsequent yr.

This yr’s grand prix has been pencilled in for Oct. 10.

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