Maybe that was just down to my imagination, but the omens remain good for a new hybrid era in which rally cars will dance once more.

How it works: Formula e qualifying

Formula E will return to London this weekend for the first time since 2016. If you will be watching it for the first time, there’s plenty to get your head around – not least the slightly convoluted qualifying format.

The main qualifying session lasts one hour. There’s nothing complicated there, you might think, but there is: the 24-car field is split into four groups of six, defined by their positions in the championship. Within the hour, each driver has just six minutes to set a time, and the six fastest from the four groups combined then go through to the one-at-a-time Super Pole shootout session.

The slowest of the six goes first, leaving the fastest driver from the four initial sessions to run last and bid for pole position. The full 335bhp is available throughout, meaning that qualifying is the best time to really see what a Formula E car can do. That, at least, is as it should be.

Motorsport greats: Carlos Reutemann

Motorsport lost one of its most enigmatic stars this month when Carlos Reutemann died at the age of 79 after an illness.