Suzuka and Fuji to host alternate years

From 2009, the Japanese Grand Prix will be shared between the Suzuka and Fuji tracks.

This season, Fuji replaced Suzuka as the venue for the Japanese Grand Prix. Next season, Fuji will again host the Japanese Grand Prix, and from then on, the two tracks will share the hosting of the race.

“We have concluded an agreement on the alternation of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix between Fuji Speedway and Suzuka circuit, to ensure the progress and success of keeping Formula One in Japan over the long term,” Bernie Ecclestone explained in a statement.

“I appreciate that Fuji Speedway accepted this and am very happy that Fuji Speedway and Suzuka circuit made this possible. It also makes me very pleased that we will retain Suzuka as it has supported Formula One for 20 years.”

Suzuka organisers had been keen to regain a position on the F1 calendar after losing the honour to the Fuji Speedway. There had been suggestions Suzuka would be reincarnated as the Pacific Grand Prix however a Fuji statement stated that an alternating arrangement was the best solution.

“As a result of an extensive review of the matter, Fuji Speedway accepted FOA s proposal on the 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 on grand prix a year,” the statement read.