Fuji and Suzuka to share Japanese GP

From 2009 the Fuji International Speedway and the Suzuka circuit will host the Japanese Grand Prix on alternate years, it was announced on September 8th. The arrangement was agreed by the Fuji Speedway and Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One ...

From 2009 the Fuji International Speedway and the Suzuka circuit will host the Japanese Grand Prix on alternate years, it was announced on September 8th. The arrangement was agreed by the Fuji Speedway and Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Administration Ltd (FOA).

Suzuka was dropped from the calendar after last season and Fuji took over but there was always talk that the two circuits could perhaps share the race in the future. This season's Japanese GP will be the first at Fuji for 30 years, while Suzuka hosted the race since 1987.

A statement from Fuji explained the agreement to alternate. "The process started with FOA suggesting to Fuji Speedway that hosting the F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway in the east of Japan and Suzuka Circuit in the west of Japan every alternating year would be a good strategy not only welcomed by Japanese fans, but fans all over the world as well," it said.

"As a result of an extensive review of the matter, Fuji Speedway accepted FOA's proposal on basis that it coincides with Fuji Speedway's goal to further expand the horizon of F1, continue in helping promote the advancement of Japan's motor sport scene, and uphold the trend of one country hosting one grand prix a year."

Suzuka President Satoshi Dobashi commented: "We are happy to share the news with all our fans, who have always supported us in bringing Formula One back to Suzuka. We will take all possible measures to make the Grand Prix as exciting as ever through consistent efforts to improve our organization skills on a day to day basis, as we prepare ourselves to host the event two years from now."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone