Suzuka race promoter Hiroshi Soda has played down suggestions Honda's return to F1 will see a Japanese driver on the grid again.
It emerged this weekend at Spa that Bernie Ecclestone has inked a new five-year deal to keep the Japanese grand prix at Suzuka until at least 2018.
Many insiders made a link between the new race deal and the fact that Suzuka is owned by Honda, the Japanese carmaker that is returning to F1 in 2015 as McLaren's works engine supplier.
Another part of the deal, it is rumoured, could be Honda ensuring a Japanese driver is on the 2015 grid.
But Soda, president of the Suzuka operator Mobilityland, insists: "That is pure speculation.
"The return of Honda is very...
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