May 11, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT
The Formula 1 Promoters Association has met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss ways of improving Formula 1 and the experience for fans who attend the races, with the main topic up for debate being the new engine sound.
For 2014, the downsize in engines from V8s to turbocharged V6 power units has caused a definite decrease in the volume of the cars. The matter has largely divided opinion, with many supporting the hybrid route that has been taken. It also allows fans to hear the cars locking up under braking and contact being made.
However, Ron Walker, chairman of the Formula 1 Promoters Association and the Australian Grand Prix, made his distaste over the new sound clear at the opening race of the season in Melbourne. He even suggested that the problem was so grave that some promoters may think twice about extending their deals to host Formula 1 grands prix.
Mercedes will test a ‘trumpet’ exhaust system at next weekend’s test in Spain in a bid to improve the sound, but the promoters met with Bernie Ecclestone yesterday to discuss other possible moves.
A statement issued in the paddock today reads:
“A meeting was held on Saturday May 10 2014, between the promoters of the FIA Formula One World Championship, chaired by Ron Walker to discuss various aspects of Formula 1 for the benefit of all fans who are concerned about maintaining the unique feeling of Formula 1. Mr. Ecclestone attended the meeting in support of the promoters. 17 countries were represented.”
It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this meeting, but it is unlikely that the matter that really has riled fans – double points for the final race in Abu Dhabi – will have been addressed.
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