Suzuka’s CEO is optimistic about the return of the Japanese Grand Prix.

After a two-season absence from the Formula One calendar, circuit boss Kaoru Tanaka says he is confident the Japanese GP will return this year.

Due to strict covid restrictions in Japan, the 2020 and 2021 editions could not take place at the Honda-owned Suzuka circuit.

The sport is scheduled to return to the venue in October, but covid infections are currently on the rise in Japan and elsewhere.

“That is true,” said Tanaka, president of Japanese GP promoter Mobilityland.

“But the number of severely ill people is not increasing as much as the number of infected people. Also, infections are increasing worldwide but most countries are now open to travel and prioritising economic recovery,” he added.

“It seems that Japan is also in that direction, so I think we can hold the race if the situation remains the same as it is now,” he told

Tanaka said Suzuka is therefore pressing ahead with ticket sales.

“We haven’t set any special restrictions so far,” he confirmed.

“This year, the covid situation has settled down considerably worldwide, and most countries are now in the category of no major restrictions when entering Japan, regardless of the vaccine.

“So we will not take any epidemic prevention measures that exceed that.” Tanaka said

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