As a mixed reaction welcomed the arrival of the new V6 era in Formula 1, FIA President Jean Todt has said the governing body would consider changes.
With the biggest criticism being the lack of noise from the new smaller power units calls have been made to try to increase the volume of the new engines.
Indeed such was the drop in the decibel level in Melbourne, the cheers of the crowd could be heard as could the squealing of tyres as cars pulled away from pit stops.
“The noise is obviously different now, and if there is a problem with it then if the teams agree we can look at a way to make it noisier,” Todt was quoted by GMM after the new sound was compared to vacuum cleaners and sewing machines.
The Frenchman’s personal opinion is that he finds the new lower tone with the whine of the turbo while decelerating to be “fascinating” and indeed most are warning against knee jerk reactions as most changes before have initially been criticised before becoming accustom to.
Also questioned was the new emphasis on fuel-efficiency with the teams limited to 100kg of fuel per race and also restricted to a flow rate of just 100kg per hour.
On this point Todt claims it was the teams who wanted the fuel limit in the race to be introduced claiming he himself doesn’t want the sport to become about ’economy runs’ therefore if alterations wanted to be made again the FIA would be open.
Finally on the issue of a lack of action and overtaking in Melbourne, Todt brushed off claims the new fuel restrictions were to blame instead pointing at the Albert Park track, a place not known for being easy to pass on.
“I am convinced that very soon we will see a lot of overtaking,” he added. “So let’s wait before making judgements.”
Indeed this weekend F1 races at a circuit known for one of the higher overtaking totals of the year at Sepang.
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