Former FIA President Max Mosley has said that Formula 1 has missed an opportunity by not properly promoting the new V6 power units to the public.
Mosley was President of the FIA until 2009 and is willing to shoulder the blame for the noise deficit but insists that the new noise is ‘better for families’.
“If anybody should be ‘blamed’ it’s me,” he told the Daily Mail. “We were the ones who looked at bringing in the new technology. It was 10 years in the making, and I actually like the noise.
“I wear these things in both my ears [hearing aids] because the noise of the engines went right through me for 40 years or more. It’s too late to save my hearing but not for the next generation. The quieter engines are better for families. You can take children to races without fear of their being deafened.”
Mosley believes that while the sport had to evolve to remain relevant, it missed an opportunity to promote the changes.
“It is important for Formula One to evolve,” he said. “Safety was the big challenge of the 20th Century and the environment is the big challenge of the 21st. If that that fact is not understood and embraced, the sport runs the risk of becoming irrelevant. Corporate social responsibility is important for car manufacturers, so there is a need to move in this direction so the sport does not lose sponsors and manufacturers. They see how important this technology is in the development of road cars.
“If there is one thing I feel could have been done better it is how the new regulations, and the reasons behind them, have been explained to the public. An opportunity has been missed.”