The noise of the Formula 1 cars is still one of the hottest topics to date. Now Sebastian Vettal has also come out and spoken up about the low noise levels.
“It’s shit,” he said. “That’s my opinion and I think for the fans as well. I think Formula One has to be spectacular and the sound is one of the most important things.
“When I was a small child, I don’t remember much, but I remember when I was six years old and we went to see the cars live during free practice, the one thing I remember was the sound. How loud they were, to feel the cars through the ground and the whole ground was vibrating. It’s a shame you don’t have that.”
McLaren’s Jenson Button said it was not up to the drivers to complain about the sound of the cars.
“Go and race something else if you’re not happy,” he said. “As drivers we don’t have an opinion where the cars are in terms of sound and feel.
“But when you cross the finish line first you’ve won a grand prix, so you don’t care what the car sounds like or what it looks like. You’ve beaten the best in the world, and that’s all you care about.”
The debate continues with Bernie Ecclestone agreeing with the race promoters:
“That’s exactly the problem. All the promoters are complaining,” Ecclestone explained to Sky Sports.
“It sounds terrible on television. [But] the problem isn’t that. The problem is the people coming here and the whole atmosphere of F1. It’s a little louder than we thought. If we can get it up a little bit more, it will be alright.”
This topic is also starting to have effects on the crew members from teams as well.
“We are starting to become embarrassed by the cars themselves, said a group of Ferrari pit Crew, “jokingly with the GP2 guys they tell us that their mothers washing machine is louder.”
“We hope that this changes soon and we can tell them to go and #@^%$ off,! and their mothers washing machine.”
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