Suzuka in talks for new GP contract beyond 2011

Organisers of the Japanese Grand Prix say they would like to continue to host the Formula One race at Suzuka beyond the 2011 contract. But with Honda, Super Aguri, Toyota and the popular Takuma Sato all departed, and Bridgestone supplying tyres...

Organisers of the Japanese Grand Prix say they would like to continue to host the Formula One race at Suzuka beyond the 2011 contract.

But with Honda, Super Aguri, Toyota and the popular Takuma Sato all departed, and Bridgestone supplying tyres for the last season, Suzuka and Kamui Kobayashi and Sakon Yamamoto represent a fading Japanese involvement in the sport.

"It's under discussion, but we would like to continue," Itaru Yamada, motor sport managing director of the Honda-owned Mobilityland company, told Reuters on Sunday when asked about a new race contract for 2012.

Despite eager fans happily and patiently sitting under Saturday's torrential rain, the media report said there are 50,000 fewer spectators at Suzuka on Sunday compared with four years ago.

And Yamada said the event is currently only marginally profitable.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Kamui Kobayashi , Sakon Yamamoto