Formula E in "advanced" talks over Jakarta race

ABB FIA Formula E is in “advanced" negotiations with Jakarta about holding a race in the Indonesian capital city as early as next season.

Formula E in "advanced" talks over Jakarta race

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan announced on his Instagram account that he flew to this weekend’s 2018/19 season finale in New York to "complete negotiations" with FE.

But Motorsport.com understands that talks remain ongoing, although they are at a well-developed stage.

FE has looked into racing in Jakarta before, with CEO Alejandro Agag previously saying the series would "definitely look at [it] for 2018/19", but this did not come to pass.

Regarding the possibility of a 2019/20 Jakarta race, an FE spokesperson told Motorsport.com: “We’re in advanced discussions but aren’t yet able to make any announcement.”

FE currently has two TBC slots on its 2019/20 calendar, which was announced after last month’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.

The first unassigned race is scheduled to take place on December 14 2019 and Motorsport.com understands that date is an option for a Jakarta race, but this is thought to be unlikely due the tight timeframe following the end of the current campaign. The other option for this slot remains the Moroccan city of Marrakech.

A June date following the inaugural Seoul E-Prix is thought to be the more likely option for a Jakarta race, as the second TBC on March 21 2020 is set to be the second Sanya E-Prix.

Following Seoul with Jakarta would make logistical sense for FE before it returns to Europe for the Berlin round in late May and then completing the season with a race in New York and the season finale in London.

Holding the first Jakarta race in the 2020/21 season is also a possibility but it is understood the initial target is to get it on the 2019/20 calendar.

"Jakarta will be one of the hosts of the prestigious Formula E car racing [championship] in mid-2020," Anies said.

"After the World Cities Summit in Medellin, we immediately flew to New York to complete negotiations with the Formula E management agency."

"Three months ago the preparation for this meeting was carried out.

“[A] Formula E team specifically came to conduct field tests in Jakarta on July 8-9 [2019].”

As well as a delegation from Jakarta, a team from Singapore is understood to be attending the New York event.

Motorsport.com understands the Singapore representatives are continuing talks with FE about a potential race in the city that have been going on for several years.

Local media reports this year have suggested FE could run as part of the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 event in the future, but it has been suggested to Motorsport.com that this will not happen.

The two 2019/20 TBCs and the Seoul event clash with three 2019/20 World Endurance Championship races.

FE deputy CEO Alberto Longo told Motorsport.com in New York that “we’re still in the same situation – talking to WEC [and the] FIA to try and find a solution”.

shares
comments
Vergne slams "rental go-kart" New York driving standards

Previous article

Vergne slams "rental go-kart" New York driving standards

Next article

New York E-Prix: Sims scores first pole, Buemi out of title race

New York E-Prix: Sims scores first pole, Buemi out of title race
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Author Alex Kalinauckas
Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent Prime

Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

Formula E
Apr 27, 2021
How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem Prime

How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem

Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair.

Formula E
Apr 25, 2021
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Prime

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Prime

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits.

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Prime

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons.

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Prime

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021
Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Prime

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet.

Formula E
Feb 24, 2021
How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Prime

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

Mercedes and Porsche compete to win and have done so across the board: in Formula 1, sportscars, the Dakar Rally and endurance road races - even working together to break land speed records. Next in the crosshairs is the Formula E teams' championship crown.

Formula E
Feb 17, 2021