Connect with us

Latest F1 News

2014 V6 Engine noise could affect Sepang contract talks

Published

on

Hungary F1 GP Auto RacingThe actual engines may be quieter, but the controversy about the sport’s new turbo V6 engines is making a deafening sound.

Australian race promoter Ron Walker missed the scream of the old V8s so much last weekend he vowed to scour Melbourne’s race contract in search of a breach.

An FIA source told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport: “There is nothing in the promoter contracts prescribing a minimal decibel level.”

The source also scoffed at Walker’s suggestion the issue drove fans away from Albert Park.

“Those who did not come have not yet heard the engines,” he exclaimed.

However, it remains a possibility the new low volume of F1 could have contractual consequences.

Sepang circuit boss Razlan Razali told the local New Straits Times newspaper that the engines will surely “affect the atmosphere of the race”.

“So we’ll want to see more of how this issue develops,” he added. Malaysia’s F1 contract expires after the 2015 race.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel turned up the volume even more when on Friday he crassly described the sound of the 2014 cars as “shit”.

“And batteries should be where they belong, in a mobile phone,” he is quoted by the German news agency SID.

Red Bull might at least have a solution to the noise problem.

“If we change the turbo blades, it will sound better,” team director Dr Helmut Marko said.

Williams’ Felipe Massa, however, thinks F1 simply needs to get used to its new guise — again.

“Years ago, when they made the decision to change the engine (for 2014), the first thing everyone said was that the sound will be different,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Globo.

“Now it’s too late. They can try anything, but it’s impossible to make them sound like a V8.

“Instead they thought it was the right direction to go with the new technology, so that’s how things are now,” added Massa. (GMM)

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F18 hours ago

Raikkonen could return to Sauber F1 for 2019

254SharesThe signs are growing ever stronger that Ferrari will have a new driver in 2019. Kimi Raikkonen admits that it...

2018 F18 hours ago

Red Bull encourages Honda power to prepare for 2019 F1

1ShareRed Bull is encouraging Toro Rosso and Honda to help the senior energy drink-owned team prepare for 2019. Honda already...

2018 F119 hours ago

Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

216SharesThe British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend...

2018 F14 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

24SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F14 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F14 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F14 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

36Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F14 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

659SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...

2018 F15 days ago

Renault engine power deficit a bigger problem – Verstappen

5SharesMax Verstappen says Red Bull’s title chances have taken a dive. Although the Dutchman won in Austria, he says at...

2018 F16 days ago

Ricciardo admits 2019 Red Bull contract ‘likely’

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo now says it is “likely” he will stay at Red Bull in 2019. Earlier, the Red Bull driver...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media