New F1 engines a blast from the past for Rosberg
By Alan Baldwin
JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - The sound of Formula One's new power units was a blast from the past for Nico Rosberg, son of 1982 champion Keke, but others were less sure after the 2014 cars made a quiet test debut on Tuesday.
"It reminds me a bit of when I used to look at the videos from the '80s, the old turbos, and it's that same sound now - deep, with lots of power on the straight," the Mercedes driver told reporters.
"So it really gave me a flashback to those videos I was watching."
The sport is undergoing a transformation this year, with the screaming normally-aspirated V8 engines replaced by a complicated V6 turbo and energy recovery systems incorporated into the unit.
The sound has been a vexed question for many, with some fearing the 1.6 liter units could prove a turnoff for spectators accustomed to having their eardrums assaulted by a barrage of noise.
The sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone is no fan of the V6s, which have been introduced to help lend the sport a greener image and pioneer fuel-saving technology of relevance to ordinary road users.
With plenty of teething problems on Tuesday, it was a case of all quiet on the testing front with some teams failing to even get out of the garage and long periods of eerie silence - normally a sign of something amiss at a racetrack.
Those few cars that did put in laps did so mostly in isolation and it was hard to form a serious judgment of the sound from the evidence available. Continued...