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2014-03-18 08:11

THE END OF AN ERA: A YouTube user posted a sound comparison video from the Australian GP in 2014 and 2013. The difference is ghastly. Image: AFP

The 2014 Formula 1 season has had a disappointing start with the new V6 hybrid turbo engines causing uproar amongst fans and organisers alike following the first race in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday (March 16.)

F1's new sound has receieved a thumbs-down from a few big names in motorsport.


Nascar's Michael McDowell wondered: "Maybe TV is not doing them justice. Are they even shifting?"

Even F1 drivers were unhappy. After an Australian Air Force fighter jet flew over the track on March 14, Marussia driver Max Chilton said: "Finally some noise returns to the F1 paddock."

Even Australian GP organisers had said to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that the fans are "being robbed"with the new units and it could be breaching contracts.

A YouTube user Krookzeh posted an interesting sound comparison of the 2013 and 2014 Australian GP. The video is described as "2013 and 2014 F1 cars on the pit straight at Albert Park as they complete the first lap."

Watch the video: V8 vs. V6 sound in Oz

There is a huge drop in volume from the previous screaming engines. What's really alarming is that the crowd in 2013 can be seen wearing earmuffs or headphones to drown-out the noise compared to those attending the 2014 race. It's clearly not needed as the hybrid-powered cars quietly whine past.

What's interesting is that Krookzeh seems to be sitting in the exact spot, two years in a row.


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