Verstappen wants more engine noise in F1

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen feels that Formula 1 must do more to improve the noise of the engine for fans.

At a time when opinions are flying around about how to improve the F1 show, Verstappen insists the sport is "exciting" but thinks there are key areas that can be made better.

Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, the 17-year old said: “I think it’s a bit the sound that needs improvement, and maybe a little more downforce.

"Normally if you speak to people and say "F1", it's noise that they mention. Now we have F1 but with no noise.

"I think it's just part of F1 - we should make the most of all cars, not GP2 cars."

According to FIA, the current decibel level is not significantly quieter than it was under the V8 era – with the current engines delivering 134 decibels compared to the old power units producing 145.

Gaining confidence

Verstappen became comfortably the youngest ever driver to make his debut during 2015’s season opener at Melbourne and says he never felt the “pressure”.

"The first two races you take it is a bit easier with overtaking - you want to finish races to get experience," he said.

"When you get more confidence in the car you can do braver overtakes, and I think that's getting better and better all the time."

Verstappen sits 11th in the championship with 22 points and achieved his best F1 result of fourth position during the Hungarian Grand Prix.


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Series Formula 1
Drivers Max Verstappen
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news
Tags noise