Fans will ‘get used to sound of new engines’ – teams

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Adrian Sutil, Sauber, Albert Park, 2014F1 team principals believe fans will quickly adjust to the sound of the new Formula One engines.

The first practice sessions featuring the new V6 turbo engines received mixed responses from fans at the track in Melbourne about how the sound of Formula One has changed.

However team principals hold the view that the new sound will gain acceptance.

“Personally I like the sound of the engines,” said Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams.

“But then I love Formula One and I love watching car go round a race track. I think people pretty quickly get used to what Formula One engine sound like. We’ve had so many changes over so many decades of motor racing and you very quickly forget what a previous engine sounds like.”

“I think people just want to see a good race on Sunday and I thin as long as we can deliver that then I think that any issues or contentious conversations around that may fade away.”

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali agreed with the views put forward by Williams and Mercedes’ motorsport chief Toto Wolff.

Wolff said: “If you like sound of engines let’s go back to V10 and V12s, let’s not do any hybrid. This is a modern technology, this is how road cars go, downsizing is the motto and I think we just accept that the formula has changed.”

“These cars are going to go quicker in a couple of races than the old ones. You’re going to get used to the sounds and I promise next year around you will not notice and not remember any difference any more.”

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100 comments on Fans will ‘get used to sound of new engines’ – teams

  1. I was at the first test session in Jerez last month and while they didn’t rev as high as the V8’s, there was no mistaking they were F1’s.
    The Sky TV coverage of the race seemed to kill off the noise, so they’ll need to do something with their microphones.
    Compared to the turbo charged F1 cars in the eighties, the new ones sound great.

  2. Don Spiro said on 17th March 2014, 22:50

    I spent a decade each October at Watkins Glen; sounds in the 70’s were one of the primary reasons we made the pilgrimage. DFV’s, Ferrari Flat 12’s, those glorious Matra 12’s that literally left you speechless; distinct aural personalities. 33 years later we made the trip to Montreal to hear V-8’s before they went away, it was phenomenal to see and HEAR how F1 had evolved though not much difference between manufacturers songs. I suspect it will be just as special when we go again this June. Broadcaster on Skype at Bahrain testing ( his name escapes me) gave an optimistic report when he said, ” it’s not better, it’s not worse, it’s different”. There is nothing like Formula One!

  3. Mike said on 21st March 2014, 3:31

    Very disappointed! Sad day for f1 fans.

  4. B. Button said on 23rd March 2014, 17:09

    HEY !!! I’ve finally figured out what the 2014 F1 cars sound like … the “light bikes” in the movie TRON !!!

  5. The sound is so bad. It kills the sport. The cars will sound like crap coming through the tunnel of Monaco. Change is not always for the best. The sound was unmistakable. A bunch of my friends didn’t even watch this past week because they were so turned off by last week’s race. F1 is about the sound. This year’s sound is the equivalent of the year Champ series got split by the creation of IRL. They had Oldsmobile Aurora engines and they sounded awful as do this year’s F1. Go to YouTube and you will find what I say is the truth. This a bad move drivers and all who live F1 think it so……………….MAM

  6. Rene said on 31st March 2014, 17:42

    When I think of my first F1 race experience live in Sepang 13 years ago, it is the engine sound that comes first to my mind. 3l V10, 19000 rpm. I felt instantly rewarded for the ticket price. Yes, I truly felt that I had paid to experience something special here. Since then I visited many races around the globe and every time I arrived at the circuit, it was the sound of engines revving in the pits telling me already from far that something special is about to happen. What I have heard so far of F1 2014 on TV is in this respect very disappointing but exactly what I expected. In my view a ticket price of GBP 500+ does not go well with 1.6l engines which sound like motorcycles and I am worried what I am going to miss the start in three weeks at the China GP live.

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