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The Japanese leader will remain at Suzuka until 2024.

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This Sunday, October 13, 2019, a file photo of a fan with a model of the Suzuka chain is waiting for drivers in front of the paddock gate before the Grand Prix of the Japanese Formula 1 in Suzuka, central Japan.

The Japanese Grand Prix will remain on the Suzuka track at least until 2024, Formula 1 announced on Saturday.

The track has been a regular spot on the 1987 F1 calendar, and the multi-year extension is part of efforts to expand the sport in Asia.

“Japan holds a special place in the hearts and minds of F1 fans around the world, and Suzuka hosts many of the most legendary moments in the sport, where 11 drivers’ titles are decided,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali in declaration.

The Japanese GP, scheduled for October 10 this year, “has always demonstrated a captivating drama on the edge of its seat,” Domenicali said, announcing the extension with race promoter Mobilityland.

This season, 20-year-old Yuki Tsunoda became the first Japanese F1 grid driver since 2014. He competes for AlphaTauri.

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