Old V8 engines were too noisy, says Warwick
By Alan Baldwin
MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One's old V8 engines were too noisy and the paying public - in Britain at least - is showing no signs of being turned off by the quieter new V6 turbos, F1 steward and former racer Derek Warwick said on Friday.
The 59-year-old, president of the British Racing Drivers' Club whose Silverstone circuit hosts the British Grand Prix, played down fears voiced by some promoters that a drop in decibels would impact on ticket sales.
Speaking to Reuters at the Bahrain Grand Prix, third round of the season, Warwick distanced himself from the negative headlines.
"I've been in this sport now for 50 years, I love my sport and I will never talk it down. Do we need to tweak a few things? Yes. Are our fans supporting us? 100 percent," he said.
"We (British Grand Prix organizers) are in line with last year (on sales) so we can't ask for much more than that.
"If the fans really think about it, the V8s were too noisy. I think they were ear-bleeding," he added. "We've just got to re-adjust our volume."
Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker said after last month's season opener in Melbourne that the quieter cars had dampened the spectacle and suggested other race organizers would be up in arms.
"It will be an issue for promoters all around the world," he declared. Continued...