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Red Bull Team Owner Dietrich Mateschitz Expresses F1 Dissatisfaction
Published March 31, 2014
NOISE COMPLAINTS: Ecclestone admitted that "he was too critical of the sound produced by the new engines introduced this year." The 83-year-old said after the season opener in Australia two weeks ago that he was "horrified" by the quieter sound. But after hearing them at a track for the first time in Malaysia, he admitted they were "better than I thought." He said that "he had been told by the teams the engines could not be made louder." Ecclestone: "You'll have to ask the engineers. I've asked them and they've said no" (BBC, 3/28). PLANET F1 reported Niki Lauda hit out at all those criticizing the new sound of F1, saying that if it is not loud enough "turn up the TV." Lauda: "From Day One they have all been saying that the noise of the new Formula One is rubbish, and it was Bernie who started it all. I just don't understand it. I just had this meeting with Bernie where he told us all his problems, how no organizers want to continue with F1. But who are they? Only the guy from Australia who runs their race, Ron Walker. He's upset that he has to pay so much money to get the race there. He uses any excuse, and now says the lack of noise destroys his business" (PLANET F1, 3/30).