Suzuka signs new Formula 1 contract valid until 2018 23 August, 2013 Mark Webber passes the famous Ferris wheel at Suzuka Suzuka has signed a new five-year contract to keep hosting the Japanese Grand Prix at the venue. Speed Week reports that the extension, signed trackside at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday, will see the sport return to the popular track until at least 2018. “We actually expected no other outcome from the negotiations,” Japanese race promoter Masaro Unno told correspondent Agnes Carlier in Belgium. “Nevertheless, it is always a beautiful sight to really see Bernie’s signature on the paper,” he added. (Suzuka Circuit Management) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.