After Australian Grand Prix organizers issued complaints about the quieter sound of the new V6-powered Formula One cars, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is hunting for ways to put the noise back into the World Championship.
Tom Cary of the UK’s Telegraph newspaper quotes the 83-year-old Ecclestone as saying that “we can’t wait all season” to find a solution to making the greener machines sound “more like racing cars.”
Ecclestone disclosed that he has been talking with FIA president Jean Todt on the matter and that he has received complaints from promoters.
“I don’t know whether it’s possible [to make modifications,] but we should investigate,” he added. “I think, let’s get the first few races out of the way and then maybe look to do something.
“We can’t wait all season. It could be too late by then.”
Yesterday, Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott went on a national radio network to discuss how, from his perspective, the quieter cars took away from the atmosphere last weekend in Melbourne.
Additionally, he mentioned that said cars may have also incurred a breach of contract between the race organizers and Formula One management.
“We pay for a product, we’ve got contracts in place, [and] we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches,” Westacott stated at the time.
The Telegraph story adds new quotes from AGPC Chairman Ron Walker, who says that the loudest noise at Albert Park didn’t come from the F1 cars but from the V10-powered two-seater from former Minardi owner Paul Stoddart.
“If you sat in the grandstand, you could hardly hear [the F1 cars] coming down the straight,” Walker claimed.
The throaty growl of the V6 motors, which are at the forefront of the technical revolution that has swept into F1 this season, has been met with mixed response from followers.
Force India team owner Vijay Mallya was caught proclaiming “the noise of Formula One has gone” on the world feed broadcast, but three-time World Champion and Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda has said that it wouldn’t make financial sense to alter the engines for the sake of more noise.