Mosley backs Todt stance on noise
16 April 2014 – Former FIA President Max Mosley has backed the way his successor Jean Todt is handling the noise 'issue' with the new V6 power units and he has said he would have taken a similar approach.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel are among those who have been critical, the latter describing the sound of the new turbo-charged engines as 's**t'. The FIA has commissioned a study to look into the matter, something the WMSC confirmed on Friday, but Mosley is adamant nothing will ultimately change.
"I'd do pretty much what Jean is doing, which is take no notice," Mosley said in an interview with Reuters. "Or pay lip service to the discussion - 'Oh, that's interesting, Bernie' - but in the end take no notice because there's nothing anybody can do, the regulations are fixed, nobody can change anything.
"If you try to change them, Mercedes will stop you and your own rules stop you. So there's nothing to discuss until 2015 and arguably not even then because of the notice periods. So Jean can just very gently take the Mickey."
Mosley also reiterated that he thinks the whole noise question will soon be forgotten and that change was needed, or else the cars were in danger of 'becoming dinosaurs'.
"What we've got now is not the ultimate, it should have been four cylinders ideally but everything is a bit of a compromise, but it is completely the right way to go," stated the 74-year-old. "The people who don't like it have got this thing about the noise. I think that's complete nonsense. People will get used to the noise and then they won't all end up deaf like me."
"[At the end of the day] it's a really interesting technology and it's change. In the end, F1 depends on fashion and being fashionable. And the essence of fashion is change. If you don't have change, you just disappear. Those cars were becoming dinosaurs," he added.
"These [new] cars are still very fast... my bet is that by this time next year, people will have forgotten all about the sound. They'll be fascinated by the cars, by what's happening. It's a slight problem that Mercedes seem to have got the jump on everyone else but that's because they've done a better job. The others have just got to work harder or spend more money," Mosley concluded.