Out of nowhere, Formula E's driverless support series announcement last Friday was a bombshell that wrestling legend and internet meme sensation Randy Orton would have been proud of.
So, is the advent of a racing category populated by autonomous racing cars a pointless gimmick that further erodes the purity of the sport? There's no doubting people will view the slimming down of 'man and machine' to just 'machine' that way, but it shouldn't be seen as something so black and white.
At its most basic level motorsport is the competition of motor vehicles. Roborace has that covered. But of course it removes drivers, a big part of motorsport's appeal.