Formula E Heading To Indonesian Capital

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The Indonesian capital of Jakarta. (Photo courtesy of Formula E)

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Formula E is set to race in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta for the first time this coming season, adding to the list of cities featured on the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar.

Jakarta joins Seoul and London as another new venue for fans to look forward to in season six, with the race in Indonesia scheduled to take place on June 6.

A full grid of 24 cars and the most competitive line-up in motorsport, including new manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, will navigate their way around the National Monument in Merdeka Square in the center of the city.

The circuit, like all locales visited by Formula E, is subject to homologation and approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

“The calendar for this coming season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was already shaping up to be something special, but to add another race in Asia … and Indonesia in particular, is incredibly exciting,” noted Formula E co-founder Alberto Longo. “Indonesia has an affinity with motorsport – hosting races and events in the past and developing drivers who’ve progressed up the ladder – as well as having an extremely engaged and growing fan base. On top of that, it’s also an emerging market for electric vehicles, with increased investment already being made to push production and clean up the air around the cities. Formula E wants to play a part in that positive change and with the most competitive grid of manufacturers in motorsport, I can’t wait to go green in Jakarta on June 6 next year.

“Thank you to both Ikatan Motor Indonesia and the city of Jakarta for making it happen and collectively supporting the wider electric movement.”

As the fourth most populated country on the planet – behind only China, India and the USA – Indonesia is an important strategic market for Formula E, helping to inspire future generations to embrace clean energy and in turn, tackle the effects of air pollution.

The track layout and circuit configuration will be revealed at a later date, along with the updated calendar and full list of dates and destinations for season six, following the next FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in October.