Ex Formula 1 grand prix winner turned TV pundit David Coulthard has revealed that drivers are unhappy about the new era V6 turbo cars and admits he is also not a fan of the current formula.
Speaking to AOL Cars, Coulthard said, “[F1 drivers] are not happy. The marketers love it because it gives them a reason to put their investment into F1, and I completely understand that, but the drivers are not enjoying driving the cars this year.”
“Nico [Rosberg] and Lewis [Hamilton] are probably a bit happier as they have a better package, but even if you speak to them privately they say the driving experience is not as pure as it was,” divulged the winner of 13 grands prix.
“Part of the F1 event was all about when you arrived at the track you got excited by the noise and the anticipation as soon as you heard it,” said Couthard, adding his weight to the discontent expressed not only by drivers but also fans and others closely involved with the sport.
“When I was a kid going to Silverstone I remember standing at Stowe Corner and it was misty. Out of the morning mist came a V12 Ferrari driven by Alesi and the noise was amazing – you heard it coming and knew it was a Ferrari. It went past and you went: Wow!”
“It’s ridiculous that we like things that hurt our ears, because if the wife is talking too much and our ears get sore we don’t like that! But with race cars, or music, it’s about the sound and the experience of it.”
“If you went to see the Rolling Stones and they came out and said tonight we’re only doing an acoustic set because we’re getting old and don’t want all the noise then the crowd wouldn’t be very happy and rightly so.”
“It’s the same with Formula 1. I heard that the Monaco [crowd] was 20 per cent down this year. We have a responsibility to the fans. The fans will speak out and they know what they want,” cautioned Coulthard. (GP247)