Mercedes tests new megaphone; tough to get a true reading (UPDATED)


So Nico Rosberg is underway today with Mercedes’ new megaphone on the back of the chassis, designed to modify and perhaps amplify the sound of the 2014 Formula One engines.

Video was captured by a YouTube user above, and it did provide the first glimpse of what it could sound like, but getting an actual reading is a bit more difficult.

Especially considering, as one reader noted in the comments section, the video was later removed. If you saw it beforehand, good on you.

Perhaps a better alternative is offered by NBC Sports Group’s F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, who before he was in motorsports was trained as a musician.

Of the YouTube video, Buxton writes on his blog:

A video has leaked out of testing today, and already people are saying the engine note is unimpressive, sounds worse, whatever. But the video is misleading. It features poor sound reproduction at a part of the track where the car is mid corner and not under constant acceleration and so it is impossible to determine what the true sound is. Factor in also that the film is taken from the side and the exhaust is only shooting the sound backwards, not flaring it outwards.

So that provides a bit of context with which to take the sound, which right now, clearly is just in development.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.