Hülkenberg: Formula 1 now sounds like DTM
29 January 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg says he is disappointed with the sound of Formula 1's turbocharged V6 engines.
The Force India driver, who watched from the sidelines as team-mate Sergio Pérez debuted the outfit's VJM07, reckons the sport has lost a key element, and likened the new noise to Germany's DTM touring car series.
"It's disappointing," said Hülkenberg. "It sounds a bit like a DTM car. It's not the same as the V8, it's a lot quieter.
"Maybe there's still more to come, but it's not the screaming V8 high-revving engine."
Hülkenberg has also been less than impressed by the sport's new noses, brought on by the rule changes.
"It's interesting to see the different approaches and different designs of the teams," he went on to explain. "There quite a few differences. In terms of aesthetics they are not the most beautiful cars."