FIA president Jean Todt had backed Indonesia to play host to more international motorsport, although the Frenchman insists that the Asian nation isn't in a position to target an F1 event.
The sport has expanded greatly into Asia in recent years, with the Japanese Grand Prix being joined on the calendar by events in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea – which makes its first appearance on the schedule later this year.
Speaking to the Jakarta Post
, Todt said he was encouraged by the way in which motorsport has evolved in the Asian region in recent times, and while he backed Indonesia to play host to international racing in future, he insisted that any dreams of F1 would be some way down the line.
“Indonesia is a great and big country,” he said. “It seems surprising not to have more international worldwide motorsport events in Indonesia. I hope that at the top level of the country, starting from the President, will take the opportunity to implement international racing.
“Of course, F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and I must say it's encouraging to see the evolution of the sport in the region of Asia. We have Malaysia that started with a Grand Prix, then you have the Grand Prix street circuit in Singapore, another in South Korea and also races in China and Japan.
“[F1 is feasible for Indonesia but] not now. But The World Touring Car Championship is. It depends from where you start, it's a step-by-step progress. If you want to make the F1 race you need a standard circuit. At the moment you do not have one of that standard.
“I feel strongly about the development of the World Touring Car Championship here. I myself went to the Sentul Circuit, and it was definitely not the standard Formula One Circuit, but I'm sure with some renovation, this circuit could be and host the Touring Car and GP One championship.
“Definitely for many manufacturers, this kind of racing is very important with the implementation of new technologies. I see a strong opportunity to implement different racing events. And Indonesia could be a strong opportunity.”