Formula E lining up Jakarta race deal

Electric car-racing series Formula E has said it is in “advanced” talks over a race deal for Jakarta after the Governor of the Indonesian capital, Anies Baswedan, claimed that an agreement was close.

Baswedan said on his Instagram account that he had travelled to New York for the weekend’s 2018-19 season finale to “complete negotiations” with Formula E. The championship has previously targeted an event in Jakarta and a Formula E spokesperson told Motorsport.com: “We’re in advanced discussions but aren’t yet able to make any announcement.”

Formula E last month revealed its calendar for the 2019-20 season. The schedule includes the championship’s return to London for its season-ending double header on July 25-26, 2020, as well as a new event in the South Korean capital of Seoul on May 3.

The 2019-20 calendar currently includes two events listed as “TBC”. This includes a third round of the season scheduled for December 14, plus a seventh round provisionally set for an undisclosed location in China on March 21.

Motorsport.com reports that Sanya is likely to be the location of the latter event, and while it is believed that a 2019-20 race in Jakarta is the target, the December slot would be too short notice for preparations to be made. Instead, a Jakarta ePrix could be held after the maiden Seoul race.

“Jakarta will be one of the hosts of the prestigious Formula E car racing in mid-2020,” Anies had 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.”