FE: Jakarta E-prix suffers location setback

The Jakarta E-Prix has suffered a setback after the proposal to use the historic National Monument (Monas) complex was rejected by the State Secretariat.

The race, due to be held in June, is the first to be held in Indonesia and the race organisers are now forced to change their planned layout after their original proposal was refused.

According to the Jakarta Post, the rejection was based on “various reasons, including that Monas is a heritage site”.

The article also notes that the circuit site would need “significant modification”, including to “put in a certain type of asphalt” and this could pose a “risk” to the “well-being” of Monas, which is a historical and cultural landmark for Indonesia.

The rejection is a blow to Formula E, and comes nearly a week after the Chines E-Prix was cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus.

Formula E still intends to hold a race in Jakarta and has confirmed that they will now look at other venues to hold the race, with a number of other sites studied during the original planning process.

A spokesperson for Formula E said: “Following feedback from the Secretary of State and Medan Merdeka Area Development Steering Committee, Formula E is working in close collaboration with city officials to move the race from Monas and assess other viable venues already studied during the original circuit selection process.

With many other existing plans in the pipeline and city-commissioned regeneration projects in and around the Monas area, Formula E and the Jakarta Organising Committee are cooperating in accordance with the request.

“Formula E and the Jakarta Organising Committee will continue with preparations for the event based on the change in circumstances and promote the E-Prix and the importance of embracing clean energy and electric vehicles as a solution to addressing inner-city air pollution.”

The next round of the Formula E championship is due to take place in Mexico on February 15.