Schumacher hoping for quieter time

Michael Schumacher is hoping that a new style helmet this year will help reduce engine noise that is reportedly as loud as pneumatic drill. The helmet, designed by German company Schuberth, would be similar to that used by fighter pilots, closed...

Michael Schumacher is hoping that a new style helmet this year will help reduce engine noise that is reportedly as loud as pneumatic drill. The helmet, designed by German company Schuberth, would be similar to that used by fighter pilots, closed around Schumacher's head and featuring a breathing tube.

"The noise is something he wants to reduce," the German's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said according to Reuters. "It is not that he is suffering more from it but he feels it could be improved. He feels there could be a point where if you reduce the noise, you improve the performance because there is less disturbance. He is always trying to find new areas to improve."

Schumacher is yet to test the helmet, which is still being developed, and is unlikely to be wearing it at Melbourne in two weeks time. Schuberth chief engineer Oliver Schimpf told the British press: "Michael's ears are bombarded with 114 decibels of sound -- that's as loud as a pneumatic drill. With our helmet, Michael only hears 98 decibels -- like he's in a loud disco."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher