The Japanese Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar for the next three years after officials announced an extended deal for the Suzuka race on Friday.

A mainstay on the F1 calendar since 1987, the Japanese Grand Prix’s contract had been due to expire after the 2018 race in October.

But following of the publication of the provisional calendar for the 2019 season on Friday, it was announced that a new deal had been signed between officials at Suzuka and F1 to secure the future of the race until 2021.

“We are pleased to be celebrating 30 years of Formula 1 at Suzuka Circuit and to be sharing the special event with Honda, who are our title partner," said Susumu Yamashita, President at MobilityLand Corp.

"We would like to express our sincere appreciation to both Honda Motor Co., Ltd and Formula 1 for allowing this to happen and we are looking forward to the Grand Prix weekend.

"Following the announcement of the race renewal, we are excited for the future and hope that the Suzuka Circuit continues to remain a fan’s favourite around the world, whilst continuing to contribute positively toward the prosperity of motor sports in Japan."

F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches added: "The renewal of the Japanese Grand Prix and the confirmation of the German Grand Prix are both examples of our direction to place fans at the heart of Formula 1, a vision shared with all our promoters.

"The successful extension of the Fan Zones at the race circuits, coupled with the colourful city F1 Festivals in London, Shanghai, Marseille, Milan and Miami, prove there is a great appetite for all aspects of Formula 1."

Officials also confirmed that Honda - the owner of the Suzuka circuit - will become the title sponsor of the Japanese Grand Prix from this year.

Takahiro Hachigo, President and Representative Director at Honda Motor Co. Ltd said: “I want to convey our sincere gratitude to the many fans for their long time support in enabling us to hold the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix 30th Memorial Race in the Suzuka Circuit.

"We’d love to enjoy the Formula One race which is the top race of motorsports together with all of you and bring additional excitement to motorsports in Japan.

"Please come to visit it at the circuit. We will be waiting for you all of our fans with the contents to please and amuse you at F1 Honda Grand Prix Race."



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