Infiniti Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel says engine sound a lot more like a vacuum cleaner than a race vehicle
By: GMM on March 17, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Sebastian Vettel has been 1 of the most outspoken drivers on the grid in regards to the new lower-volume sounds of the vehicles.
Organizers of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix are furious with Formula One’;s new lower volume. Even some of the sport’;s stalwarts were alarmed in Melbourne when the 22 cars purred towards the 1st corner in Melbourne on Sunday.
“At 1st I mentioned ‘Just consider out your earplugs, it really is the exact same as before’;,” 3-time globe champion Niki Lauda advised the German broadcaster RTL. “But I have to truthfully say I was somewhat disappointed nowadays on tv, especially at the begin. Basically some thing was missing. Before, [the sound] was proper down to the marrow. We require to get employed to it, but it has misplaced some of its attraction.”
World champion Sebastian Vettel said driving in Melbourne felt far more like becoming at the wheel of “a vacuum cleaner than a racing auto.”
F1’;s most experienced lively driver Jenson Button is also concerned, especially after a V10-equipped demonstration automobile did laps at Albert Park at the weekend.
“Oh my God I miss that,” Button said. “It sounded incredible. Those had been great years for the sound of the engine, but that is no much more.”
Most in the F1 paddock are disappointed, but Australian Grand Prix corporation chief executive Andrew Westacott said he is really angry.
“We shell out for a item, we’;ve got contracts in location, we are hunting at these very, very critically since we reckon there has possibly been some breaches,” he told Fairfax Radio on Monday.
But Lauda, who is dominant Mercedes’; F1 chairman, stated it would be wrong to tinker with the engine rules just because the sport is now quieter.
“Everyone wants to do anything about it, but you can not just change the exhaust pipe, you’;d have to redevelop the whole engine and the mapping,” he mentioned. “Which is just way too expensive. Please do not change the engines just to make a bit more noise.”
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