Published: 20 Mar 2014

The new Formula 1 season is upon us and already the controversy has started. But this time is down to the sound of the iconic roaring engines or the non-roaring engines this year. Following the first race of the season in Australia there have been complaints over the sound produced by the latest engines. 

The sound of the latest engines has been likened to a humble Toyota Corolla or a leaf blower on online forums and lead to the threat of legal action. Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation Ron Walker has threatened to sue the organisers of the Australian Grand Prix over the level of noise produced by the quieter turbocharged V6 engines due to the worry over future ticket sales. Walker commented ““You couldn’t hear these new turbo cars” and added “When you take the excitement away, you have trouble selling tickets. You have to create demand, and part of that demand is people liking the noise of the race cars”.

To try and satisfy race goers F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has met with Jean Todt President of the FAI to try to find a solution to the engine issue but added “I don’t know whether it’s possible, but we should investigate”. 

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