Drivers not happy with new F1 engines
3 June 2014 – David Coulthard has said the drivers' are not happy with the new V6 power units introduced this season because the driving experience is no longer as 'pure'.
Coulthard, who raced in Formula 1 from 1994 to 2008 and who is now an F1 pundit for BBC Sport, added most have concerns about the changes brought in for the 2014 F1 season, although a lot of have kept such views private.
"They are not happy," the Scot told AOL Cars. "The marketers love it because it gives them a reason to put their investment into F1, and I completely understand that, but the drivers are not enjoying driving the cars this year.
"Nico [Rosberg] and Lewis [Hamilton] are probably a bit happier as they have a better package [and are winning], but even if you speak to them privately they say the driving experience is not as pure as it was."
Coulthard also added that the noise, or lack of it, is also a real issue: "If you went to see the Rolling Stones and they came out and said tonight we're only doing an acoustic set because we're getting old and don't want all the noise then the crowd wouldn't be very happy and rightly so," he reasoned.
"It's the same with F1. I heard Monaco was 20 per cent down this year. We have a responsibility to the fans. The fans will speak out and they know what they want."
"When I was a kid going to Silverstone I remember standing at Stowe Corner and it was misty. Out of the morning mist came a V12 Ferrari driven by [Jean] Alesi and the noise was amazing – you heard it coming and knew it was a Ferrari. It went past and you went 'wow'," he added.
"It's ridiculous that we like things that hurt our ears, because if the wife is talking too much and our ears get sore we don't like that! But with race cars, or music, it's about the sound and the experience of it."