Sebastian Vettel caused a stir today by joining in the throng of criticism of the sound made by the 2014 power units.
The German was able to watch the Australian GP from the pits after his early retirement, and thus had a proper chance to form an opinion.
“It’s [expletive],” said Vettel when asked in Sepang today. “I think we have to [change it]. I was on the pit wall during the race. It’s better than in a bar! That’s my opinion. I think for the fans it’s not good. I think F1 has to be spectacular, and the sound is one of the most important things.
“I remember when I was a small child, I don’t remember much, but the first time I was about 5 years old, 6 years old when we went to see the cars live during free practice in Germany. The one thing I remember was the sound, how loud the cars actually were, and to feel the cars through the ground. The whole ground was vibrating. It’s a shame that we don’t have that any more.”
Later, when speaking in German, Vettel said that he would rather have a V12, and that batteries are for mobile phone, and not F1 cars.
Meanwhile, Jenson Button had a few words for any drivers criticizing the current rules.
“Go and race something else if you’re not happy,” said Jenson. “As drivers we don’t have an opinion where the cars are in terms of sound and feel. When you’ve crossed the finish line first and you’ve won a Grand Prix, you don’t care what it sounds or what it feels like. You’ve beaten the best in the world, and that’s what you care about.”