There has been many things said regarding the noise of the Formula 1 engine. I was at Albert Park over the weekend and I could not believe the amount of people complaining about how they have been cheated out of their money and how the cars have become a joke of the motor sport world.
I have spoken to many long term Formula 1 fans since Sunday’s race and the backlash is over whelming. Many fans saying that the sport has now become too controlled for manufactures and not having the thought of the fans at heart.
“We are all up for being green as that is what the world is about these day’s, we all recycle and try and look after our planet but when it comes to sport no matter what it is, we want it loud, fast and hard” said one die-hard fan. “We don’t get to see our hero’s when they are driving but we get to hear them, when the engine noise is low they just seem like whimps tip toeing around the men”.
There have been many rule changes over the past decade and hard-core F1 fan can recognize the changes while some fans may not. However as humans we all react to noise, it can make us happy or sad, excited or calm. Loud means fast and quiet means slow it is a natural reaction we all have.
As Formula 1 fans we are consumers of the product. If it is not to the fans standard they won’t buy it. Fans will not go to races, will not buy merchandise, will not book in their time on a Sunday to watch the race, will not see the commercials on TV, will not down load the F1 App and so on.
In an earlier post by Negative Camber, McLaren race director Eric Boullier said that the series changed to the new power unit to make itself more appealing and compliant to where the industry is going.
But which way are the fans going??