CULTURE Jakarta expresses readiness to host 2020 Formula E race

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Jakarta expresses readiness to host 2020 Formula E race

Xinhua

03:12, November 13, 2019

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Argentinian Formula E pilot Jose Maria Lopez (front) from DS Virgin Racing and Portuguese pilot Antonio Felix da Costa (back) from Andretti takes part in the track recognition round for the 2017 Mexico City Formula E ePrix of the International Federation of Motor Racing (FIA) at the Hermanos Rodriguez Racetrack in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, Mar. 31, 2017. (Photo: Xinhua)

JAKARTA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan says the city is ready to host a round of the 2019-20 Formula E championship, in the hope of promoting the wider use of E-vehicles in the city.

It was announced in September that the Indonesian capital would join the Formula E calendar for the championship's sixth season, with the Jakarta E-Prix to be held on June 6, 2020.

"The racing event is expected to influence the public in addressing environmental issues and promoting a green lifestyle in displaying vehicles fueled by sustainable energy," the governor said at a promotional event in Jakarta.

Also present was Formula E racer Stoffel Vandoorne, who expressed his enthusiasm to race in Jakarta for the first time.

"I fully support the Jakarta Formula E race. The racing would fully support Jakarta's efforts to meet its "blue sky" target as efforts to address carbon emissions are currently underway," the Belgian racer said.

The 2019-20 Formula E season begins in the Saudi Arabian city of Ad Diriyah next week.

The Jakarta Formula E circuit comprises public roads around the city's business district and landmark National Monument square.


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