Niki Lauda says all that needs to be said about F1-V6 engine sounds

Niki-LaudaI don’t usually find myself agreeing with Niki Lauda. The former F1 champion is an attention hungry quote spouter who thirsts for media attention and isn’t afraid to make bold statements just to see his face in the papers. However, in the recent outrage over the sounds of the new Turbo-V6 engines that Formula Ones switched over to this year, I have to agree with the man 100%. In an interview with Österreich magazine, Lauda commented that the outrage was absurd. All the teams agreed to the switch five years ago and according to him there’s nothing that can be done to the situation right now and that people will simply have to get used to the engines sounding different.

Lauda has hit the nail on the head. Similarly to the belly aching over the current “ugly” car designs in F1, the over-dramatic and borderline asinine reactions to the changed sound of the cars has no real baring on the actual act of driving them. The opening Grand Prix of the season was amazing, even before the scandal of Ricciardo’s disqualification, and it annoys me to no end that the only thing people seem to concern themselves with is with immaterial details. To an average F1 fan watching the race at home, whether or not the sound of the engine is near deafening is completely immaterial. Are F1 people concerned over the lowered sales of on-track ear plugs? Because other than that there is no rational argument for making the engines “louder” as some “brilliant” individuals have suggested.

Just as with the ugly car controversy of last year, I’m certain no-one is even going to notice the V6 engine sounds in 2 to 3 races. The only thing people should now really be concerned with is the fuel-flow scandal which apparently isn’t affecting just Red Bull but also possibly Mercedes. I’m honestly more curious what will happen with this situation, but I remain convinced that – just as with Sauber’s disqualification over their cars’ DRS violation in the opening GP of 2011 – the FIA will stick to its original ruling and Red Bull should just focus on dealing with the fuel-flow situation.