Mark Webber says people “will get over” the sound of Formula 1’s new turbocharged V6 engines.
Criticism of the changes from fans and key paddock figures has dominated the sport in recent weeks, with Sebastian Vettel’s comments generating the biggest attention at last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
However, Webber – preparing for a sportscar return with Porsche – believes it will only be a matter of time before the it will be brushed aside, arguing that motorsport will forever seek progress.
“I think it’s a little bit better live than it is on TV,” said Webber, when asked about the situation by talkSPORT.
“But I think this is the way motorsport will go. With the racing that we’re now doing with Porsche in the World Endurance Championship, it’s the same technology [as Formula 1] and a lot of hybrid influence in the cars. That’s how it will go and the manufacturers are forced to go that way because of the rules. You can’t have both.
“It’s like Concorde doesn’t fly anymore. That was pretty cool when it flew but it certainly wasn’t very popular for the people inside the M25 [motorway], was it? Now planes are quieter. Things change.
“Formula 1, of course, needs the acoustic factor to it but I think people will get over that.”