The Fuji circuit has finally concluded its deal to secure the Japanese Grand Prix from 2007 following negotiations in Malaysia last weekend, autosport.com has learned.
It still appears, however, that current holder Suzuka may retain a Formula One race itself.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone agreed a deal with Fuji chairman and former Toyota executive vice president Dr. Akihiko Saito in Sepang last weekend, ending months of speculation that the Toyota-owned circuit would poach the Japanese GP away from Suzuka.
It is understood that the deal will not be officially announced until Fuji has sorted out other issues relating to the race, including transport and circuit infrastructure like hotels. The date of the event, which has been agreed between Ecclestone and Dr. Saito, will also be announced then.
Despite the Fuji deal, it is understood that Suzuka has not given up hope of continuing to host a Grand Prix and talks are underway to discuss the possibility. Although Fuji will have the Japanese Grand Prix, an alternative title is being considered for Suzuka.
In 1994 and 1995, the Aida circuit hosted the Pacific Grand Prix and this title is one option for Suzuka.