The scene is the front straight of the Albert Park Circuit at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, and what you see on track on either side of the gentleman wearing the orange hat is a Mercedes AMG Petronas being followed by a Lotus. The first major clue, as should be obvious by the nose of the Mercedes, is that this scene was captured last year. The other major clue in the photo is the gentleman in the orange hat: he's wearing earmuffs to silence the noise. We count at least four people wearing them, and that's before the camera pans.

Some F1 fans have been pleased with the sound of the new 1.6-liter V6 engines, but it appears that the majority are not; the organizers of the Australian Grand Prix are threatening to sue because of a "lack of sexiness," and F1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone has declared he was "horrified by the lack of [noise]."

YouTube user krookzeh has posted a video comparing last year's 2.4-liter V8 cars on the first lap at Albert Park with the new turbo V6 cars on the first lap this year. You can compare the sounds and the number of earmuffs in the short clip below.


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      over9000
      • 9 Months Ago
      Sounded like a Prius going 200 mph
      Krazeecain
      • 9 Months Ago
      Just gonna throw this out there, imagine what they'd sound like with Wankel rotary engines?
      rubley00
      • 9 Months Ago
      The first time I heard an F1 car in person (ca 2002), my jaw dropped. The sound was unlike anything else, just mind blowing. These new cars are horrible.
      JayP
      • 9 Months Ago
      "...some people are really unhappy about it." Like ear plug manufacturers?
      John Hughan
      • 9 Months Ago
      The first words we hear from the commentator in the 2014 segment are, "What a disaster." Indeed.
      Justin B.
      • 9 Months Ago
      The incredible sound of the high-revving V12's, V10's and V8's is what made Formula 1 unique and now that is all gone. The new V6 turbo power units might sound good but you can't really hear anything from television and from the videos on YouTube the same can be said for those in the stands!
      Dave
      • 9 Months Ago
      Count me in this group. I so miss the screeching engines. I'll sound terrible at Spa.
      hp
      • 9 Months Ago
      Man, that's bad... Here's a tip, if you want to hear the BEST sound, skip the sunday main race and go saturday if they have a historic grand prix race. They sound glorious.
      404 not found
      • 9 Months Ago
      The new engines are 1.6 liters, not 1.8.
      Sir Duke
      • 9 Months Ago
      The real problem with F1, lies in their lack of testing. The whole Idea, that they could develop entirely new cars and not test them extensively before turning them loose on track is moronic. Don't give me that crap about trying to keep the costs down, its a farce. If you want to put the best possible product on the grid, testing has to increased. Otherwise, you end up with seasons like the one where Brawn got it right, and it took seven or races for anyone else to challenge them. Same goes for Red Bull, They were so far ahead of everyone else, out of the box, only testing and development would have drawn Mercedes, McLaren or Ferrari closer. Looks like no team has the formula exactly right this year, expect lots of DNFs.
      Eric
      • 9 Months Ago
      Sounds like the Jetsons are racing.
      Jim R
      • 9 Months Ago
      These things sound terrible.
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