Formula E

Bird holds off charge from Buemi in Buenos Aires ePrix

Sam Bird took his third career victory in Formula E this weekend, holding off a charging Sebastian Buemi who started from last on the grid to finish in second place ahead of his main championship rival Lucas Di Grassi Jr High.

Despite leading from lights to flag, Bird's victory wasn't the cakewalk that his maiden victory in Putrajaya last season, but with a slightly heavier car that was in his words "a bit loose" in the final phase of the race it required a mighty defensive effort that Bird proved he was more than capable of handling.

Buemi might have had an even easier time of things if a safety car had not been deployed just as he was overtaking Sarrazin moments after the round of pitstops. 

After a big lock-up and spin in qualifying, Beumi was beaming post-race and seemed thrilled with the result. “I have to make sure I get the most out of the car and out of the team, at least we go away with good points and more than Lucas.”

The next Formula E race is in Mexico on March 12th, one week before the Formula 1 returns in Albert Park.

Manufacturers cold on F1, keen as mustard for Formula E

I guess Formula One isn't doing such a good job positioning itself as The Place To Be for manufacturers.

"Sources" inside Aston Martin claim they are rolling back their commitment to enter F1:

"There is a definite inclination not to do it - in 2016, at least. But it could certainly be revisited in future... We also have to figure out what our path forward in sportscar racing is, and where we go with that. We are not looking at F1 in isolation."

Meanwhile James Barclay, Jaguar Team Director is falling over himself to get into Formula E:

“We looked in detail at alternative ways of returning to motorsport. This was such an important decision for Jaguar and we wanted to get it right.  With our future EV plans Formula E was the obvious choice and we believe that the benefits are enormous”.

It's hard to argue, on the face of these quotes at least, that Formula One is "wrong" to bring road car technology to the sport, perhaps just that the promise of Formula E is coming to fruition.

F1 Chat: Formula E commentator Jack Nicholls

As well as being the voice of Formula E, Jack Nicholls is part of the BBC 5 live coverage for select Formula One races throughout the calendar and has commentated both the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Ahead of this weekend's double-header season finale in Battersea Park we caught up with him to get his tips for who will take out the inaugural Formula E drivers championship, find out whether Michelin are serious about providing tyres to Formula One, what kind of car he drives and his true feelings about Fan Boost.

(And don't even get him started on DRS!)

You can follow Jack on twitter at @Jack_Nicholls, and you can subscribe to the Superlicense F1 Podcast covering the entire Formula One season on iTunes.