Dropped in to Silverstone last Friday evening to get an update on Formula E, the new FIA-approved electric racing category that's due to launch next year.

The series will pit up to 20 battery-powered single-seaters against each other on temporary circuits laid out in city centres around the globe. A race in London is on the draft calendar, along with Miami, Los Angeles, Putrajaya, Beijing, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, with more venues to be announced at the end of 2013.

Usually, my default reaction to any new motor sport championship is a cynical one. It all comes down to money; setting up and running a global series requires a huge amount of capital. But Formula 1 hoovers up so much of the sponsorship cash and media interest that most other forms of automotive competition are left in the shadow cast by Bernie's empire, unable to get enough financial nourishment to take root and thrive.