Jakarta takes a step closer to joining the calendar

The Indonesian capital Jakarta has taken a step closer to confirming a place on a Formula E calendar, as the city council have approved $25.3 million of funding to host a race in 2020. 

The Indonesian capital has stated that they have an interest in hosting the series in the near future, but the city had to go through a preliminary check to make sure that the event would be feasible and beneficial to the country.

Those preliminary checks have been positive and after a council meeting funds were agreed to host the event which could help significantly boost the economy.

“From our preliminary study, hosting Formula E will boost our economy by up to Rp 1.2 trillion. That will be for Jakarta alone,” the Jakarta Governor Anies said to the Jakarta Post

Jakarta Council Speaker Prasestyo Edi Marsudi said he was looking forward to the event and that Formula E could be a good source of income for the city.

“Maybe the Formula E could be a new source of income for the city, especially if we could make it regular, just like Singapore and Malaysia. [The city council] would not mind, as long as we have the budget,” he said.

“It wouldn’t be enough to hold it only once. There should also be F1 Indonesia, for example, from [the National Monument in Central Jakarta] to the Semanggi interchange.” 

There was a meeting between Alejandro Agag and the Jakarta Governer in New York where talks were positive between the two parties and a potential date of mid-2020 was discussed.

But with the calendar already being decided for season six, it is likely that the event could take place in season seven.

There are two TBC to be confirmed for this season’s calendar, but the 2020 slot on the 21st March will take place in China and the other slot is in 2019.

Alejandro Agag has yet to confirm if Jakarta will be on the calendar as he stated that negotiations are still ongoing.

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