End of loud V8 era 'a pity' - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 / XPB

World champion Sebastian Vettel has described F1's move to turbo V6 engines next year as "a pity".

Asked by Switzerland's 20min.ch to explain his disappointment, the Red Bull driver said: "I think formula one needs to be loud.

"It has to make a lot of noise and have a lot of power.

"Next year in peak power maybe we will have even more than today, but it will be lacking two cylinders," Vettel rued.

Another possibility is that Vettel, who has won every drivers' title since 2010, is worried the engine shake-up could topple Red Bull's place at the top of the tree.

But he insisted: "I believe the top teams will still be ahead. The only question is, in what order?

"It's always the same in formula one: after major rule changes everything is mixed up before it stabilises again," said Vettel.

Vettel's boss, Christian Horner, admitted he also laments F1's expensive decision to switch from V8 to V6 power.

"In fairness to Jean (Todt), the engine discussion was in place before his (FIA) presidency," Horner said at Monza.

"Where collectively we all made a mistake was not to say no."


Published Sep 7th, 2013 3:55pm
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inlinesix inlinesix
Says the kid who never raced the V10 monsters.
Sep 8th, 2013 6:13am
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liquid stereo liquid stereo
True. Also the fans who never got to hear the V10s and V12s. The Ferrari V12s of the early 90s had a beautiful hum compared to the "flatness" of the V10s. Formula 1 changes. Lament and it still changes.
Sep 8th, 2013 4:47pm
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Naturally Aspirated Naturally Aspirated
the vast majority of the F1 fans don't care about power increase as much as they care about the excitement and the thrill from the F1 car itself, and I don't see that the new V6 engines would achieve this target
Sep 7th, 2013 10:00pm
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liquid stereo liquid stereo
What does this "thrill" have to do with the engine noise? Especially when most fans listen/view the race remotely, away from the track. The power increase is good for the fans because it will make the cars less sensitive to aerodynamics. More frequent and less of the artificial DRS passing.
Sep 8th, 2013 4:49pm
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