Vettel laments the end of the loud F1 V8 engine era

Renault F1 V6 turbo engine

Renault F1 V6 turbo engine

World champion Sebastian Vettel is lamenting Formula 1’s move away from the current V8 engine format to V6 turbo engines next year.

Asked by Switzerland’s 20min.ch to explain his disappointment, the Red Bull driver said: “I think Formula 1 needs to be loud.

“It has to make a lot of noise and have a lot of power.¬†Next year in peak power maybe we will have even more than today, but it will be lacking two cylinders,” Vettel rued.

Another possibility is that Vettel, who has won every drivers’ title since 2010, is worried that the engine shake-up could topple Red Bull from the top of the tree.

But he insisted: “I believe that the top teams will still be ahead. The only question is, in what order?

“It’s always the same in Formula 1: after major rule changes everything is mixed up before it stabilises again,” said Vettel.

Vettel’s boss, Christian Horner, admitted he also laments Formula 1’s expensive decision to switch from V8 to V6 power.

“In fairness to Jean [Todt], the engine discussion was in place before his [FIA] presidency,” Horner said at Monza.¬†“Where collectively we all made a mistake was not to say no.” (GMM)

Subbed by AJN.