Quiet F1 engines concern bosses
The new F1 is greener than ever before, however some fear it is far too quiet for a racing car
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has promised to address concerns about new engines used in the racing cars being too quiet.
New, more environmentally friendly 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines have replaced the old V8 motors famous for the loud trademark piercing noise However, the new engines are not only more environmentally friendly but also emit sound which is much lower compared with the predecessors.
Now the 83 year old business magnate and president and CEO of the Formula One Management said the lack of the trademark sound is of concern to many F1 insiders.
"I was not horrified by the noise, I was horrified by the lack of it,” Ecclestone was quoted as saying.
"And I was sorry to be proved right with what I've said all along - these cars don't sound like racing cars.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he suggested the management will decide after first few races of the season to see whether there might be any technical solution to address the problem.
"I've been speaking with Jean (Todt, president of the FIA) and what I've said was we need to see whether there is some way of making them sound like racing cars. I don't know whether it's possible, but we should investigate," he said.
Complaints about the lack of sound have reportedly been pouring in from across the world. Ecclestone said Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo had admitted being bombarded with emails calling for the good old sound to be returned.
Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff commented: "For me personally I would judge the new F1 era as a success. It's mind-blowing technology."
"But then you hear a lot of criticism about the engine and the noise.
Possible solutions have not been discussed yet.
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