Formula E close to Jakarta race

City governor flew in for talks at season-finale in New York.

Formula E close to Jakarta race

Instagram: @aniesbaswedan

Formula E, the electric motor racing series, is in advanced talks with Jakarta over holding a race in Indonesia’s capital city.

The news was confirmed by Anies Baswedan (pictured, centre), the city’s governor, via a post on his Instagram account, revealing he flew to the series’ season-ending race in New York last weekend for discussions.

Baswedan said “hopefully Jakarta will host the Formula E championship series the following season, in 2020.” Motorsport.com reports that talks with race organisers are ongoing but significant progress has been made.

Formula E has two vacant race destinations in its 2019/20 calendar, pencilled in for 14th December 2019 and 21st March 2020 in China, with the first date considered too soon for the city to get the appropriate infrastructure in place.

With the March date expected to go to the city of Seoul, a new date following that race is thought to be the more likely option for Jakarta, possibly in June. Geographically, it make logistic sense for Formula E before it heads back to Europe, then on to New York before the season finale in London.

If an agreement can’t be reached in time for 2019/20, Jakarta will turn its attention to securing a spot the following season.

According to Motorsport.com, Singapore has been interested in holding a Formula E race for a number of years, with local media reporting a race could run alongside Formula One’s Singapore Grand Prix in the future, though apparently the plan now is to give Formula E its own separate event.

If a deal can be reached in time, it will be the fourth East Asia race on the Formula E calendar for the 2019/20 season. As well as China, the series will head to Hong Kong and South Korea.

The season gets underway in Saudi Arabia on 22nd November and concludes on 26th July 2020.