2014 season Formula One cars are too quiet and lacking in ‘sexiness’, according to Australian Grand Prix organisers.
Australian Grand Prix organisers have complained the new Formula One cars ‘aren’t loud enough’, with Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief executive Andrew Westacott going as far as saying Melbourne did not get what it paid for.
Mr Westacott said the new turbocharged V6 engines, which replace the more powerful V8 lumps, made the race in Melbourne less exciting. “One aspect of it was just a little bit duller than it’s ever been before and that’s part of the mix and the chemistry that they’re going to have to get right,” he said.
The chief executive added that it was a breach of contract: “Ron spoke to [Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone] after the race and said the fans didn’t like it in the venue. We pay for a product, we’ve got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches.”
The philosophy behind these new Formula One cars, according to the current Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel, was to make them “safer and more fuel efficient”. There is now 30 per cent less fuel in the tanks and one extra gear has been added onto the vehicles in order for the cars to maintain their performance. Red Bull kindly outlined the changes in a recent video.
There’s certainly no disputing the difference in noise. Just about everyone in the 2014 season can be seen wearing earplugs or headphones. Mr Westacott pointed out he did not need earplugs in the pit lane at the start of the race, describing the sounds as being like harpsichords in a chamber orchestra.
Compare the sounds between the 2013 and 2014 Formula One cars in Melbourne in the video below and tell us your thoughts. Do you thinking racing fans in Europe will be as disappointed?