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Suzuka extends Japanese GP contract

Japanese Grand Prix to remain at Suzuka for 2012 as deal extended
Suzuka will again host the Japanese Grand Prix next year after signing an extension to its contract with commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone.

According to the Kyodo news agency, the venue has agreed a deal to host the race again next year despite doubts about its long-term future on the calendar.

Despite the addition of Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi to the grid with Sauber, Japan's involvement in F1 has waned in recent years after both Honda and Toyota walked away from the sport, with tyre supplier Bridgestone also walking away at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign.

Japan is due to play host to the 15th round of the 2011 season following the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Suzuka hosted the race from 1987 through to 2006, before returning to the calendar after two years of racing at Fuji in 2009.




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