Suzuka has played host to some amazing races since regularly hosting races from 1987, including world championship deciders that have gone down in history.
However, with the sport always looking for new ways to expand, it has ventured towards more street circuits in recent years, with Las Vegas being the latest in a long line of cities to close its roads for a racing extravaganza.
F1 branching out to new locations
Now it appears that Osaka could be next on that list, with Japanese newspaper Sankei.com reporting on a meeting of the Osaka tourism bureau.
Suzuka's contract as the host of the Japanese GP is up for renewal in 2024, meaning this year could be the last we see of the iconic track for a while.
"The F1 automotive series has changed into a business model that can be operated on a private-sector basis," the chairman of said bureau Hiroshi Mizohata revealed in the meeting.
"We would like to move forward with the invitation."
"F1 is no longer a stand-alone motor race, but has turned into a comprehensive entertainment program. If we clear each step by step, it is possible to attract an entrant.''
The website also noted that if the event goes ahead, it is expected that public roads will be used.
"We welcome any talk of wanting to take on the challenge of private management. I think there are challenges, but we would like to cooperate as much as possible.''
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