…what if it turns out to be a disaster for the sport? I mean, none of us really know what to expect at this point, both power- and soundwise. The thing is, of course we already had turbo-powered engines back in the eighties, but F1 was not nearly as big as it has become since then, mainly because of the trademark sound the cars make. You can ask just about anyone on the planet with access to a tv what Formula 1 cars sound like, and they’ll probably get it right (well, mostly)… there’s no denying the screaming sound of the V10 is dearly missed by us F1 fanatics, but most casual listeners probably never even noticed a difference after 2005 and years beyond, after all, they are still “screaming” engines… but THAT is exactly where I’m headed, these new engines will not have a scream at all. Being turbo engines they were never going to make a sound like anything we’re used to, because of their low-revving nature, they are expected to run between 10.500 and 13.000rpm from what I read, so the rev limit of 15.000rpm will not even matter much.
So, to get to my question at last. What if it turns out to be a disaster? I know chances are people will simply embrace it and take it for what it is, but I’m not quite convinced yet… so what IF? What if FOTA gets together for emergency meetings, what if Ecclestone is on tv speaking his mind (he has been against the new rules from the very beginning) or what if even the FIA have no other choice but to admit they made a terrible mistake? What if…?