The German Grand Prix and Japanese Grand Prix will both remain on the Formula 1 calendar next season after signing new contracts.
Hockenheim will again host the race in Germany, which did not have a contract in place for next year after the expiration of its previous deal in which it alternated with the Nurburgring as the host venue. After the success of the 2018 edition, Mercedes has announced it will become title sponsor of the event, which is only confirmed for one year at this stage.
“This year’s grand prix in Hockenheim was a demonstration of the enthusiasm that Formula 1 generates in Germany,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said. “It was therefore important for us to do everything in our power to ensure that our home race will take place again next year. Together with Formula 1 and all the relevant stakeholders, we have found a way to make it happen. We are delighted that Mercedes-Benz will also be the title sponsor of the German Grand Prix next year.”
The Japanese Grand Prix was also set to host the final race of its current contract this year, but has now agreed a further three-year deal to keep the race at Suzuka, with Honda being announced as title sponsor for the 2018 edition.
“We are pleased to be celebrating 30 years of Formula 1 at Suzuka Circuit and to be sharing the special event with Honda, who are our title partner,” Susumu Yamashita, president at MobilityLand Corp. said. “We would like to express our sincere appreciation to both Honda Motor Co., Ltd and Formula 1 for allowing this to happen and we are looking forward to the grand prix weekend.
“Following the announcement of the race renewal, we are excited for the future and hope that the Suzuka Circuit continues to remain a fan’s favorite around the world, while continuing to contribute positively toward the prosperity of motorsports in Japan.”
Having secured the futures of a number of iconic venues this year – including Spa, Suzuka and Hockenheim – F1’s managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches says the deals are proof Liberty Media wants to protect historic races.
“The renewal of the Japanese Grand Prix and the confirmation of the German Grand Prix are both examples of our direction to place fans at the heart of Formula 1, a vision shared with all our promoters,” Bratches said. “The successful extension of the Fan Zones at the race circuits, coupled with the colorful city F1 Festivals in London, Shanghai, Marseille, Milan and Miami, prove there is a great appetite for all aspects of Formula 1.”