Sebastian Vettel has thrown his weight behind those who believe that the new Formula 1 sound, made by the all new V6 turbo powered cars, is not what the sport is about and not what fans want.
Speaking on the eve of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, Vettel responded to questions by reporters about the unspectacular sound and his response was, “It’s sh*t. 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 that you don’t have that.”
Regarding his chances at Sepang, after a problematic pre-season with the troublesome Renault Power Unit, Vettel said “It was a relief to see that the package was quick, we just need to make sure that we get everything together and make the package reliable.”
“I hope for here we can have a reliable package and keep up the performance and even improve from where we were in Australia. Anything is possible here.”
“I wouldn’t mind some rain here, Dan has proved that the car was quick in the wet as well last week so we will see,” added Red Bull’s four time World Champion.
Regarding the noise made by the current generation of F1 cars, Jenson Button declared that it is not up to drivers to complain about the sound.
He told media, “Go and race something else if you’re not happy. 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,” said the 2009 Formula 1 World Champion. (GP247)
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