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Fuji International Speedway is a automobile racing circuit located in Japan. Also called Fuji Speedway or Fuji International, the circuit was built near Mount Fuji, an extinct volcano in central Japan. Fuji International Speedway hosted the Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix in 1976, 1977, 2007, and 2008. Fuji International Speedway was originally intended to be a NASCAR or Indy Car style oval, so it had a banked turn 1. Some of this turn survives today.

Due to Gilles Villeneuve's big crash in 1977, which killed two spectators, Fuji Speedway was removed from the 1978 calendar until 1987, where the Japanese GP was held at Suzuka Circuit, until F1 decided to return to Fuji in 2007.

Due to poor ticket sales and bad weather, FOM decided that the Japanese Grand Prix would be shared between Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit on alternate years. But in 2010, Toyota decided to discontinue the hosting of the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji after the global financial crisis.

Event HistoryEdit

The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Fuji circuit:

Year Event Winning Driver Winning Constructor
1976 Japanese Grand Prix United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford
1977 Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
2007 Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
2008 Japanese Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault

For 2009 onwards, the race would no longer be held at Fuji International Speedway, with F1 opting instead for Suzuka Circuit. Fuji International Speedway is owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation, a Japanese car company that also owned and operated a Formula 1 Team from 2002 until 2009.

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