TURN UP THE NOISE: The FIA is confident that louder cars, with the addition of an optional pipe or two, will bring back fans to the sport in 2016. Image: AFP
London - Mercedes' engine chief is confident changes to the regulations will turn up the volume for 2016.
The mild tones of the sport since the dawning of the new 'power unit' era has been highly controversial, with Bernie Ecclestone leading the criticism.
Ecclestone told German broadcaster ZDF in a joint interview with former FIA president Max Mosley this week: "It (the noise problem) was pointed out to me again by some Russian people. We've lost that excitement."
Noise part of F1
But also the drivers miss F1's old sound.
Force India's Sergio Perez said: "I recently drove an old BRM from 1970 in Mexico, and the sound went right through my body. Noise is part of the trademark of Formula 1."
So for 2016, the FIA has agreed to mandate an additional exhaust - the 'wastegate' - with teams able to choose between one extra pipe or two.
Mercedes' Andy Cowell told Auto Motor und Sport: "It will raise the noise by a few decibels and significantly improve the sound quality."