Todt rebukes Vettel in personal letter over sh*t engine sound remark

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Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel was been taken to task in writing by FIA president Jean Todt for describing the sound of the new turbo V6 engines “sh*t”.

Citing internal sources, Sport Bild and another publication, Tagesspiegel, revealed that the reigning world champion received the personal letter mid-week from Todt alleging he risked bringing the sport into disrepute with the critical comments.

By Thursday in Bahrain, Vettel had tempered his view about the sound of Formula 1’s technological revolution.

“The fact that I criticise doesn’t mean that I do not like Formula 1 anymore,” he is quoted by Auto Bild. “We are still here with the best cars in the world competing against the best drivers.”

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“At the moment it might not sound that great, but Formula 1 is still the pinnacle of motor sport,” added Vettel.

“I realise that everyone thinks I don’t like the sound because I have not won yet,” said the reigning quadruple consecutive title winner, “but I don’t care. I stand by what I said – I am a fan of the old Formula 1,” added Vettel.

He admitted his comments had created an “issue”.

“I’ve always been of the opinion that if you have something to say, then say it. It would not be good if suddenly you start to pretend.”

Vettel also welcomed the fact that Todt, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Bernie Ecclestone will get together in Bahrain to discuss potential changes to the 2014 rules.


“If Mr Todt is here, it makes sense to talk about a few things,” he is quoted by SID news agency.

But that doesn’t mean the controversial sound of the new turbo V6 engines will remain a hot topic in Bahrain.

A touted meeting led by the vociferous Ron Walker with his fellow race promoters has been called off, according to the Telegraph newspaper.

And correspondent Daniel Johnson added that Formula 1 Chief Executive Ecclestone was also told in a meeting with team bosses on Friday to ‘stop being so negative about the noise; that’s enough for now’. (GMM)

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