Vettel hits out at new Formula 1 engine sound
27 March 2014 – Sebastian Vettel has joined the list of those criticising Formula 1's new engine sound, with the reigning World Champion arguing that the sport has lost a key element amid its latest regulation overhaul.
The Red Bull driver watched the action from the pit wall after his early retirement at the Australian Grand Prix and was left with the view that the turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 units sound a lot worse than their V8 predecessors.
"It is s**t," Vettel said of the sound. "I was on the pit wall during the race, and it is quieter than in a bar!
"I think for the fans it is not good. F1 has to be spectacular – and the sound is one of the most important things."
He added: "When I went to see the cars live [for the first time] in Germany, the thing I remember is the sound.
"[You could] feel the cars through the ground as it was vibrating. It is a shame we don't have that anymore."
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has vowed to 'investigate' the lack of noise as the season develops.