Some F1 races have a permanent home while others bounce around, but some have yoyo'ed between two circuits their entire history. The German Grand Prix, for example, has (with few exceptions) been held either at the Nürburgring or Hockenheim. The British Grand Prix alternated between Silverstone and Brands Hatch for decades before the former won out. And in Japan, it's always come down to either Fuji or Suzuka.

Fuji is owned by Toyota and Suzuka by Honda, and the Japanese Grand Prix has always gone back and forth between the two. But these days it's all about Suzuka. With the exception of two years, Suzuka has hosted the race every year since it rejoined the calendar in 1987. Fuji was supposed to alternate like Hockenheim and the Nürburgring, but hasn't hosted since 2008, and now it looks like it won't again for the foreseeable future.

Suzuka has just signed a new contract with Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone that will see it hosting the race until 2018, putting an end (at least for now) to the prospect of Fuji slipping back into the rotation. The development comes right as the circuit's owner is set to re-enter the series, initially as an engine supplier for McLaren, giving Honda a home race of its own.

The circuit also hosts rounds of the World Touring Car Championship, Super GT and other racing series, while the neighboring Twin Ring Motegi – also part of Honda's Mobilityland Corporation – brings in MotoGP and (until a couple of years ago) the IndyCar Series as well.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good move for Suzuka (Honda), as no one in Japan wants the GP to be held in Fuji anymore. (Google to find out how badly Toyota had treated the fans)
      • 1 Year Ago
      It seems to me that given the global economic headwinds, further spurred by inflationary pressures, and global instability, this is no time to be involved in F1. This used to be a good sport, and it had a chance to redeem itself in 2009, but instead it has chosen to become a laughingstock due its idiotic 2014 engine switch that sounds like my Dyson vacuum cleaner, FIA vs. Pirelli debacle, spiralling costs, cancelled races, spying, egos and so on. Rather than focus on low barriers to entry, sustainably low long-term costs, high quality racing to spectators, affordability of tickets, they have went the route of rich girly-men.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news. Suzuka is my second favorite current F1 track with Spa being my favorite.