The silence, as they say, is deafening. Blinding artificial light bounces off gleaming bodywork as drivers sit motionless in their cars, while four Porsche pitcrew members stand stock still, directing what seems for a period like absent stares towards blinking screens.
Suddenly the team radio crackles into life and the drivers robotically reply, before gliding out into the pitlane in their electric machines. It feels like being inside an ’80s sci-fi movie. But this is London 2021 and a Formula E race.
Motor Sport has found itself at the back of the Porsche Formula E pit garage, within the steel cathedral that is the Exhibition Centre for London (ExCeL) for the first ePrix race held in the UK for five years – and then another one, as this weekend is a double-header with Races 12 and 13 of the championship over a weekend.