Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against electric racing cars. I think that we must explore all the available technologies to try to find an answer not just to reducing pollution, but also in order to discover alternative forms of energy for when oil becomes more difficult to find. 

I also believe that the fastest way to develop any technology - apart from warfare - is motorsport and so it is entirely logical that there should be electric racing. 

The important question is to decide at what level of competition e-cars should be pitched. Alejandro Agag and his Formula E organization have decided to have a go at international level, on circuits built in city centres. This means that it is in the media spotlight and some have even tried to compare Formula E to Formula 1.

That is not a wise thing to do because while big names may help to draw crowds in the first year of a new championship, fan interest will not last long if the cars and the racing are not very exciting. 

Thus it is interesting to see the Formula E testing that has been going on at Donington Park in recent days. Oddly, none of the reports I have read has made any comparisons with other formulae. The best FE lap set by Sebastien Buemi in his Spark-Renault SRT01E was a 1m31.083s.