After a deep political and social division generated by the potential realization of the E-Prix Formula E in Jakarta, Indonesia, finally those who were in favor of the proposal achieved the purpose. The electric series, along with the approval of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), submitted the 2022 calendar featuring the country.
Opponents of the event argued that the budget allocated for this purpose was necessary for priorities, such as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a deep economic crisis in the country.
Once confirmed the appointment for June 4, 2022, the promoters and organizers of the event seek to present the urban circuit, a scenario that has not yet been decided.
Widi Amanasto, president of JakPro, company in charge of promoting the show said initially that the Formula E circuit should not only showcase the city’s icon, but also reflect the balance of urban development with environmental conditions.
Fully Sustainable Environment
Amanasto explained to the event’s detractors that the FIA-endorsed competition features cars that do not cause pollution or noise. He stressed that the venue construction where the event will be held must be environmentally friendly.
“Formula E racing vehicles do not wreak havoc on the planet, so it is a city race. However, there must be criteria for the number and level of difficulty of the curves, with a priority on conservation and avoiding tree felling,” he referred.
JakPro is targeting a site inspection where the ride will take place at the end of October. Days later, the company, along with Formula E, will designate the location based on the specified criteria.
Amanasto assured that the city street tracks would be very effective at promoting Indonesia and Jakarta to the global community in order to witness the progress they have made.
“We want the world to see our progress and not hesitate to visit Indonesia, both as tourists or investors,” he maintained.
The Formula E Approval
Championship director and co-founder of Formula E, Alberto Longo, expressed his high appreciation for Indonesia’s participation. He valued the efforts of President Joko Widodo to reduce dependence on conventional energy, and switching to environmentally friendly production.
Written by I Jhonattan González