Mercedes will test a new exhaust next week designed to increase the noise produced by the current engines.
Formula One teams are investigating means of boosting the volume of the V6 turbo engines amid concerns the quieter sound has diminished the spectacle of the sport.
“Mercedes will evaluate a prototype solution during next week’s test to assess its impact on the tailpipe noise,” the team confirmed on Twitter.
“It’s a first step in a development process to address the feedback about these mega new hybrid power units.”
Contrary to reports, Mercedes say the revised exhaust will not be used during tomorrow’s practice session.
Bernie Ecclestone sharply criticised the sound produced by the new cars after opening race in Australia, then partially retracted his complaints after hearing them for the first time himself in Malaysia.
Teams are testing for two days at the Circuit de Catalunya next week following the Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes intend for Lewis Hamilton to drive on Tuesday and Nico Rosberg on Wednesday.
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