Mercedes driver Rico Rosberg, of Germany, speaks to the media on Thursday.
Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg claims louder F1 engines, incorporating a ''megaphone'' design, "have been tested, and will be seen on track for the first time at next week's Barcelona test," according to Phil Duncan of the London DAILY MAIL. The noise produced by the new 1.6-litre turbo engines "has come under scrutiny from most corners of the sport this season with a working group subsequently tasked to find a solution." Mercedes, which supplies engines to four teams, has "led the development process in cooperation with the FIA" (DAILY MAIL, 5/8
). Mercedes Dir Toto Wolff said, "The solutions range from very complex solutions within the exhaust system down to a simple megaphone at the back. The 'megaphone' is a parallel exhaust that simply opens up at the end -- with all the problems that brings with it" (CRASH, 5/8