Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has expressed his concern over the new V6 turbo engines, and warns that the sport needs to investigate how to make them sound more like “proper racing cars”.
“I was not horrified by the noise. I was horrified by the lack of it,” Ecclestone told ESPNF1.
The new generation of Formula One, which is based largely around hybrid and energy recovery systems, was criticised over the weekend by Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) Chairmen, Ron Walker.
”I was absolutely delighted with the whole weekend, but I was not too happy with the sound,” said Walker.
The AGPC believes that the lack of sound takes away from the spectacle that surrounds Albert Park for three days in March, and is a clear breach of contract.
Chief Officer of the AGPC Andrew Westacott also weighed in on the topic.
“We pay for a product, we’ve got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches,” he said.
“Ron is right with regards to their contract. And I was sorry to be proved right with what I’ve said all along; these cars don’t sound like racing cars,” Ecclestone said.
Ecclestone also added that Walker is not the only promoter that’s concerned by the lack of sound generated by the new generation engines.
Team principals have spoken their minds on the subject, however shrugged off the uproar made by fans and other respected figures in F1. Most Team Principals expect fans to forget the sounds of the V8, suggesting they’ll “get used to it”.
Ecclestone is now exploring options to enhance the sound of the engines and appease fans who have threatened to stop following the sport.
“I’ve been speaking with Jean [Todt, FIA president] this afternoon and what I’ve said is that 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. I think let’s get the first few races out of the way and then maybe look to do something. We can’t wait all season; it could be too late by then.”
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