Ecclestone worried about the sound of the new F1 engines
In order to try make Formula One greener the FIA have been pushing to scrap the current V8 engines, replacing them with this less expensive, smaller capacity, turbocharged engine from the 2013 season. However, Bernie Ecclestone has expressed his concerns about the sound of the new 1.6 litre, four-cylinder engines, which will be introduced into the sport from 2013. Ecclestone is not the first to express concern about the new engine sound, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo also commented about the new sound recently, saying that for "the top class of racing", 1.6 litre, four-cylinder power plants "sounds a bit pathetic". Niki Lauda also agreed, with ESPNF1.com reporting that the Triple world champion said he "worried about the sound, which in formula one has been so unique ... Hopefully there will be more than a faint hum." Meanwhile, Ecclestone has be quoted by motorline.cc that he too is worried about the new exhaust note: "I don't care whether it's 1.6 or 1.8 litre engines - I'm worried about the sound," Ecclestone said "If we lose the sound of Formula One, we will be losing a great deal." Although, FIA president Jean Todt believes there is no cause for concern and insists that it is vital that F1 pushes ahead with the new engines. Todt was reported as saying by ESPNF1.com that he "can guarantee that the formula one cars for the 2013 season will be very exciting and produce a great sound. The development of the industry in the past years has been bringing safety and environmental awareness to the foreground, and the car manufacturers have made great progress in both areas. "With the new rules, the FIA wants to send a strong message about Formula One. It is the pinnacle of motor sport and the smaller engine is very important for the manufacturers."