At the start of the year, Matt Prior suggested you might want to give Formula E a chance. Good advice. The fifth season of the all-electric single-seater series has offered, well, some electrifying action in each of its five rounds so far. Is it perfect? No. But the series has come of age. 

Now, for anyone who loved 1970s Formula 5000, bombastic ’80s Formula 1 or ’90s-era screaming V10s, Formula E takes some warming to. For starters, the cars’ whine is more grating than an overtired three-year-old at bedtime. But comparisons are pointless. Best just open your mind, put aside what you know and take it for what it is: something different, created in the true spirit of the pioneer (which actually couldn’t be more traditional). 

I admit I struggled with Formula E at first, particularly the mid-race car swaps. But the march of technology has banished such compromise: the new second-generation Spark single-seater features the battery range to complete a 45-minute race without interruption. Power is up too, from the first-gen’s 190Kw to 250, but that still only means a top speed of around 170mph. Eat your heart out, er, Formula 3. 

But actually it doesn’t matter. Formula E’s street circuits are so tight and narrow, the lack of speed is irrelevant (and conveniently shrouded). Those tracks are both the series’ calling card and weakness. Pop-up one-day race meetings close to city centres in exotic global locations just wouldn’t be possible in 2019 with noisy combustion engines. But it means tracks are often created on roads barely suited to racing.