Initially set for 2020 but delayed by coronavirus, the Jakarta E-Prix is set to finally take place in 2022 on streets around the Indonesia capital.
The temporary circuit sits in in the heart of Jakarta, circling the famous National Monument. It will be the first FIA-sanctioned race in the country since the A1 GP in 2006 and the first-ever to be administered directly by the world governing body of motorsport.
Unusually for a Formula E circuit, it's layout has been penned by Hermann Tilke, marking his first foray into designing tracks for the all-electric series.
Details of the circuit have emerged in dribs and drabs, though the latest circuit plan (dated October 2019) revealed that Tilke GmBH, the favoured track designer for Formula One, was in charge of coming up with the new course for the all-electric racers. It is Tilke's first ground up Formula E circuit design.
Backdrop to the event will be the National Monument itself, a giant obelisk built to commemorate Indonesian independence from the Netherlands. Merdeka Square is the centre of some of the most important government buildings. The north side is dominated by the Merdeka Palace, once the home of the Dutch Governor Generals, which now also houses the office of the President and the Cabinet.
To the South is the office of Indonesia's Vice President, Jakarta's Governor and the provincial parliament building and also the American Embassy, while to the West is the National Museum, the Constitutional Court, the Ministry for Culture and Tourism and the Indosat building.
After an initial setback when local authorities rejected the location for the race, a U-Turn with a revised course around the national monument was approved, with the race set to take place on June 6. However, the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic forced a postponement, with organisers describing it as an 'indefinite delay.' Options to reschedule later in the year remained under review for much of the season until it became inevitable that it would be cancelled altogether.
It was left off the 2020-21 Formula E calendar, which was much truncated due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and missed the first cut of the 2021-22 schedule, until it emerged as a replacement for Cape Town's previously announced slot in June 2022. Fingers crossed the event actually takes place this time around!
- National Monument, Gambir, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Official website
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