Jakarta E-Prix : New track and new challenges for DS TECHEETAH

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship turns to an all-new race location in Jakarta, Indonesia this weekend (4 June) for Round 9 of Season 8 at the purpose-built Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit, Ancol Beach.

Jakarta will be the first trip of the championship in Indonesia and DS TECHEETAH will face a brand-new challenge with this new track of 18 turns and 2.37km.

Double DS TECHEETAH champion Jean-Eric Vergne will arrive as third of the drivers’ championship with 95 points, only 16 points behind the leader. With 29 points on offer this weekend, everything is possible in the title race.

Antonio Felix Da Costa stands now in 10th position in the classification with 42 points. Antonio is now back at his performance level and will be eager to stand on the podium.

DS TECHEETAH will be looking for its first victory of the season this weekend and ready to battle hard in Indonesia against the strong competition of the field.

Formula E’s 11 teams and 22 drivers will face a whole-new challenge when they rock up to the Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit. It’s a purpose-built racetrack which brings all the best elements of street racing to picturesque Ancol Beach – Southeast Asia’s largest park, welcoming some 40,000 visitors a day. Unique banked sections, undulations, bumps and a mix of technical and high-speed sections will provide a real test.

Léo Thomas – Racing Director: “We are now at half of the season and we have confirmed the position we are in since the beginning of the season. We are not the fastest but always in the pace no matter the type of the track. Nevertheless, we can’t make any mistakes and we have to score points at every round to stay in contention behind the Mercedes.

The good news is that Antonio is now back at the level of performance he is used to and JEV proved again that he will be fast everywhere this season.

Jakarta should be a track full of surprises. It’s going to be hot with a temperature felt of 45°C and a lot of humidity. The batteries but also the people in the team are going to suffer. The lay out is also different to what we are used to in FE so the drivers and the team will have to adapt quickly.

In the past, the team was always competitive on the track that we visited for the first time (Victories in Sanya, Monaco, Bern, Berlin and Rome). I hope that it shows that we are always better prepared than the other teams for this kind of condition. Hopefully Jakarta will be no exception and the team is going with the will to win!”

Saturday’s action gets underway with Free Practice from 07:15 local time, with qualifying at 10:40 and Round 9 itself from 15:00 local. CLICK HERE to find where to watch