FIA President Jean Todt has promised to look into improving the sound of Formula One’s new engines but dismissed a change in the rules demanded by some stables.
Todt, the head of the world sport’s governing body, said that those who were complaining about the lack of noise from the engines were more vocal than those in favor. But he said he was ready to meet with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, who bluntly swore when asked about the sound of the new engine.
“Vettel made a negative comment about the engine noise, but not on the engines,” said Todt. “He’s an icon of our sport, a four-time world champion. If he came to me about the noise problem I would listen because he is qualified to talk about it. We’re examining this problem with three engine manufacturers involved in F1. We’re seeing if we can make it noisier,”
However, Todt said that for the rules to be changed mid-season it would require the unanimous approval of all teams.
“We need the unanimous agreement of stables, otherwise we can’t change anything. We are in a competitive world. Those in front don’t complain and others complain, making more noise than those who are happy,” Todt said.
Meanwhile, Todt admitted that his bid for a cost cap in Formula One has met with some resistance.
“My feeling is that F1 is too expensive. It has been proved to me that budgets could be limited, so I put this on the table. Most of the teams agreed. Now I am told that the six members of the Strategy Group stables are against it. I am disappointed because it will be more difficult to achieve this limitation, which seems necessary to me. But I’m told you can get there by the technical and sporting regulations,” Todt said.
The six teams in the strategy group are Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren, Williams and Lotus.