Indonesian capital city Jakarta has emerged as a possible addition to the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar.
High-level officials met with and presented plans, including circuit proposals, to senior Formula E personnel at the New York City E-Prix last weekend.
Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan has said that the city, which has a population of 10 million people, will host a race in 2020 on one of the main roads.
Prior to the New York meeting, a delegation of Formula E staff visited Jakarta for a field inspection, with Baswedan adding that such an event would help to boost Jakarta’s economy.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, he said, “Thank God, we did it! Jakarta will be one of the hosts for the prestigious car race Formula E [sic] in mid-2020.”
Baswedan claims that the talks between Formula E organizers and the Jakarta administration began some time ago and that a race will contribute a significant amount of money to the city’s finances.
“A preliminary study shows this race event in Jakarta could contribute up to 78 million euros (US$87.96 million) to the city economy,” he said.
Calendar Confusion Continues
The 2019-20 Formula E calendar remains in a state of uncertainty with a hurried second draft being readied this week.
Formula E Operations is having its annual general meeting this week and at the top of its agenda is likely to be how it addresses several critical areas of its schedule.
It would likely add a significant logistical headache for the series should it emerge as a serious contender for an E-Prix next season.
An Indonesian race in the open slot of Dec. 14 is possible but would mean a significant logistical hurdle for getting from Saudi Arabia to Jakarta and then on again to Santiago all within seven weeks.
It’s believed that the likely outcome will be the cancellation of the December date altogether with a Jakarta race being pushed back to a date later in the calendar.
Sanya is set to be confirmed for a second E-Prix but it remains to be seen if it will take place on its scheduled Mar. 21 date, or be pushed forward a week to Mar. 14.
The latter date would avoid a clash with the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend which incorporates the 1000-mile FIA World Endurance Championship race.
One possibility could be that Jakarta races on the weekend of May 16-17 ,which would appear to make the most sense logistically.