Team Principals defend Formula 1 sound
14 March 2014 – Formula 1 team principals have defended the noise produced by the new power units after they were heard by a worldwide audience for the first time in practice for the Australian Grand Prix.
This season sees the introduction of 1.6 litre V6 power units, which have replaced the 2.4 litre V8 engines. The new power units are quieter than last year's engines, leading to criticism from some quarters.
Force India Co-owner Vijay Mallya told the world feed during practice that 'the noise of Formula 1 is gone. We need that Formula 1 noise,' but other senior figures have moved to defend the sound generated by the new power units.
"Personally I like the sound of the engines, but then I love Formula 1 and I love watching cars go round a racetrack," said Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams.
"I think people will pretty quickly get used to what Formula 1 engines sound like. We’ve had so many changes over so many decades of motor racing and you very quickly forget what a previous engine sounds like and I think people just want to see a good race on Sunday and I think that as long as we can deliver that then I think that any issues that perhaps... or contentious conversations around that may fade away."
Mercedes's Toto Wolff also backed the change and insists that people have to accept that Formula 1 has made a step in the right direction.
"Well, if you like sound of engines, let’s go back to V10 and V12, let’s not do any hybrid," he said. "This is modern technology, this is where road cars are going. Downsizing is the motto and I think we just need to accept that the formula has changed.
"These cars are going to go quicker than the old ones in a couple of races, we’re going to get used to the sounds and I promise next year you will not notice and you will not notice any difference any more."