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Jakarta E-Prix Confirmed; Berlin and New York to Move

A race in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta is set to take place next June…

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The first-ever Formula E race to take place in Indonesia will be held on June 6 through the streets of the country’s capital city Jakarta.

The race is set to be the final event of a second Asian leg in the 2019-20 calendar which is to be approved and ratified by the FIA on Oct. 4.

The Seoul and Jakarta races will break up the European phase of the championship before it returns in June for a re-arranged Berlin E-Prix.

The Jakarta round is planned to take place around the Monas monument in Merdeka Square in the center of the city. The square is one of the largest in the world at 75 hectares and is surrounded by several important government buildings.

E-racing365 has acquired a provisional layout of the circuit [see above]. The 2.4km track is expected to be made up of 13 corners and will run along perimeter roads of the square and park surrounding the Monas monument.

The Jakarta deal was finalised earlier this month after the funds, which will largely come from the city’s regional budget known as the APBD, was sanctioned.

Approval by the Jakarta Legislative Council was then granted and today’s announcement was approved prior to the race being ratified by the FIA.

Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer of Formula E, Alberto Longo said:

“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.

“Indonesia already 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.”

Berlin and New York to Move Back to June

As first reported by e-racing365 last month, Formula E will request for both the Berlin and New York City races to be shifted back to June and July respectively.

An end of June date for the Tempelhof race and Jul. 11 for New York are believed to be favored slots before the season finale in London for the already confirmed final weekend of July.

The changes to the calendar will mean a direct clash between the New York E-Prix and the Norisring DTM race. This will affect both Audi contracted drivers Nico Mueller and Robin Frijns.

The final calendar is also expected to confirm that the originally scheduled December date, which was poised to be held in Marrakesh, has been canceled.

The other to be confirmed date for Mar. 21 is set to be a second running of the Sanya E-Prix although Formula E is still looking at moving the race forward a week to avoid a clash with the 1000 Miles of Sebring race.

What will be presented as the final 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar is presented for ratification by the FIA World Motorsport Council early next month.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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