The budget for organizing the E-Prix Formula E in Jakarta, Indonesia, has been one of the sticking points between the region’s authorities and the political opposition in Congress. Opponents of the event argue that the funds should be prioritized to address the COVID-19 pandemic, while the promoters assure that the race will bring many benefits.
Given this scenario, Jakpro, main organizer of the race, informed that they already have a main sponsor to ensure that the event will be a reality in terms of investment, without having to appeal to State resources.
In this regard, the director of asset management of the company, Gunung Kartiko, said that they have already secured several back-up sponsors that would support the implementation of the Formula E meeting in Jakarta for three seasons.
“There are already several brands that we have on agenda to support the development of the competition,” Gunung said without giving specific names of those who will sustain the contest. But he assured that no money related to the region’s budget would be used.
No Figures Have Been Disclosed
He admitted that the value of the sponsorship of Formula E, which will be held at the Indonesian capital, has not yet been determined. However, he expressed his optimism that, despite the adversities, they will end up putting on a great show not only for motorsport lovers, but also for those who bet on sustainability.
Considering the controversy, the Director of the new category, Alberto Longo, thanked the country’s authorities for their willingness to host the event, which increased the number of races to 16 for Season 8.
The electric series in Jakarta will be held on June 4, 2022, as part of the racing calendar approved by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) at the World Motor Sports Council held on October 15. It is worth mentioning that the meeting also decided on the formation of a new qualifying format, due to the complicated nature of the old module, which was also harshly criticized by a considerable number of drivers involved in the competition.
The inclusion of Indonesia into the championship program comes just after the postponement of the E-Prix of South Africa, because of restrictions caused by a new wave of coronavirus infections in the country.
Written by I Jhonattan González