Leaving Albert Park today after watching another wet qualifying I have very mixed emotions and I’m not talking about the result of qualifying but the actual cars themselves.
For the past few years now the FIA and other high profile people have reassured us that the F1 sounding note will not be effected by the big change from V8 to V6 Turbo engines. Well today I was left with a very mono tone feeling as my wife’s hair blow dryer sounded much louder than an opened gate turbo on the back strait of Albert Park. I was talking to Mrs Walkinshaw (yes the late Tom Walkinshaw’s wife) while FP3 was on and we could hear each other very clearly and we didn’t even have to pause while the Ferrari of Kimi was going past us.
What are the FIA thinking? A change must come soon to lift the volume up on the engine as it won’t be long until the wide world fans of Formula 1 not only fall asleep in front of the TV but will start to fall asleep in the Grand Stands as well.
If you are looking to see a GP this year bring some hearing aides with you so you can intensify the sound or put some headphones in your ears with a hot lap of your favourite driver from last year so your ears, heart and soul are filled with the F1 spirit because you won’t get it from the 2014 muffled V6 Turbo engines.