While we are still talking about a rain and litter shaman at the Mandalika MotoGP Grand Prix which ended yesterday, Indonesia is already planning to host another world-class racing event: Formula 1.
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A strong call for F1 in Indonesia comes from a House of Parliament (DPR) politician, who is pushing the government to prepare to welcome Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton (if he hasn’t retired by then) in 2024.
“Given the success of MotoGP at Mandalika, now is the time for the government to prepare to host F1 in 2024. Two years to prepare for F1 [is enough]”, the politician of Gerindra André Rosiade, member of Commission VI of the DPR which oversees matters related to investment and trade, noted today.
Last Thursday, Bambang Soesatyo, President of the Central Indonesian Motor Association (IMI) innovated for the construction of the Bintan International Circuit in the Riau Islands province, which officials say will meet the requirements to host F1 races.
Construction of the circuit on the increasingly popular holiday island is expected to take about a year and a half to two years. Bambang said the project will be funded entirely by private investors.
The announcement raised some eyebrows given Bintan Island’s proximity to Singapore, which is already a regular fixture in F1.
There is certainly precedent in Indonesia in the race against time to host a major race. Construction of Mandalika, for its part, was completed in November 2021. The circuit held its first major race, the World Superbike Championship, that same month.
In the more immediate future, Jakarta will host Formula E for the first time. After COVID-19 delays, venue changes and accusations of unnecessary spending of public money, the race is scheduled to take place on June 4, 2022 in the Ancol waterfront resort, North Jakarta.