Outspoken Bernie Ecclestone speaks up to call for more noise in Formula 1
But Martin Brundle warns that F1's new sound is not going to change
By Pete Gill
Last Updated: 29/03/14 6:35am
Having watched the season-opening Australian GP from home, Ecclestone made his first appearance of the year in an F1 paddock during Friday Practice at Sepang.
The F1 ringmaster was immediately stopped by one photographer and warned that the reduced sound being emitted from the greener but reduced successors to the V8 engines was significantly diminishing the spectacle.
"It's a little louder than we thought," Ecclestone told Sky Sports F1's Ted Kravitz. "If we could just get it up a little more...then it will be alright."
Following the first race of the sport's new era of turbo power, Australian GP promoters warned Ecclestone, a long-standing critic of F1's 'rules revolution', that the lack of noise could constitute a breach of contract.
"That's exactly the problem," continued Ecclestone. "All the promoters are complaining. It sounds terrible on TV, but the problem isn't that, the problem is for the people who are coming here and the atmosphere of Formula 1."
The new sound of F1 has already proved to be one of the stories of 2014 with the paddock seemingly split on the pros and cons of the sport's new multi-dimensional sound-track. While Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg have both voiced their support, World Champion Sebastian Vettel dismissed it as "s***" upon his arrival in the Sepang paddock.
Time, though, may prove to have the final say in an argument which, to date, has not lacked anything in volume.
"Every day I go out on track I get more and more used to it and I am less and less against it," countered Sky F1's Martin Brundle. "Yes, we need a bit more volume and the tone of the cars is quite throaty, but noise is wasted energy and unless they are going to rev them up a lot higher, which means a lot more fuel, that is a complete redesign.
"I don't know if they can put a megaphone on the end of the exhaust to help it a little bit, but fundamentally it aint going to change."
Like it or shout it, F1's new sound is hear to stay.