Indonesian Grand Prix
|Sentul International Circuit|
|Number of times held||3|
|Number of venues||1|
|Most wins (drivers)||TBA (0)|
|Most wins (constructor)||TBA (0)|
The Indonesian Grand Prix was a race on the Formula One calendar, first held in 1995. It was created to exploit a potential new market in Southeast Asia after the region underwent significant economic development. The Indonesian government made hosting a Formula One race in the country one of its main goals, and the completion of the Sentul circuit in 1993 to FIA Grade 1 standards made this possible. The inaugural event went ahead 2 years after the circuit’s opening, and was a success both in the region and around the world, signifying the start of a new, more global era for the sport. The event was hosted again in 1996 and 1997 with similar success. It was due to reappear on the calendar again in 1998, however a combination of the Asian economic crisis in 1997 and the civil unrest that lead to the resignation of longtime President Suharto, a large advocate of the race’s running, led to the Indonesian government withdrawing financial support for the event and it’s cancellation.
Formula One would never race in Indonesia again; rival nation Malaysia scored a major coup by securing its own Grand Prix in 1999, and with fellow Southeast Asian nation Singapore also hosting its own race in the present day that caters for the region’s market it looks unlikely that Indonesia will host another Formula One race again.
|1997||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Sentul International Circuit|