If Hamilton Has His Way F1 Would Get More Noise More Cylinders & More Pedals

You want screaming engines over the tiny V6's and so does 4-Time World Champion Lewis Hamilton

3y ago

What is the undisputed number one complaint about the current crop of Formula 1 engines? The noise, or lack thereof. The modern engines might be a paragon of ultra high technology but they have not even come close to resonating with fans. Pretty much every F1 fan I speak to has the same suggestion, "BRING BACK THE V12'S, V10'S!!!" Hell, I'd personally welcome back the V8's at this point.

Lewis Hamilton agrees, in a recent interview in Brazil he echoed many of our sentiments on modern day F1. “Really loud, the new engine should be in my opinion, like a jet, a bit like before. I can still remember my first GP visit to Belgium in 1996, when I was in the paddock and Michael Schumacher came in. Everything vibrated! You do not get that as a TV viewer! But when you were at the track for the first time, the sound blew you away. It’s not like that anymore, and not everyone misses the noise, but I personally miss the sound, I like it really loud. “

This on the heels of Liberty's announcement that their proposed 2021 engine regs would be a simpler version of the engines used today. This hasn't sat well with the engine manufactures and the fans aren't exactly thrilled either. The only people who seem to like the new plan are those teams who have to purchase engines from a third party. Make no doubt, Liberty and the FIA are in a difficult position. Go too far in either direction and they risk severely angering a major part of the sport.

A conservative approach would be recommended. Or you can follow Mr. Hamilton's suggestion and go back to the glory days of F1! “V12, if you ask me directly! With manual shifting, so you have to take your hand off the steering wheel - that’s so much better. And three pedals. That would be really cool, but that will not happen - although it would be great if you had to cover your ears again when a Formula One car rushed by.”

Imagine if these bad boys made a return to F1? There would be a massive earthquake as F1 fans across the world collectively lost their shit!

Imagine if these bad boys made a return to F1? There would be a massive earthquake as F1 fans across the world collectively lost their shit!

Yup in addition to screaming ear wounding sound Hamilton wants more cylinders and maybe just as important a clutch pedal. Lewis Hamilton is championing #SaveTheManuals at the highest level of motorsport, and God bless him for it. Unfortunately we are more likely to see a CVT transmission in F1 long before we ever see a proper manual box return. Sadly the manufactures are insistent on pushing technology forward for some insane reason.

Other drivers have echoed Hamilton's sentiment and the idea of modern cars with modern aero rocking howling, screaming engines that punish your ear drums makes for an amazing concept. Suddenly F1 becomes the spectacle it used to be. It is never going to happen but we as fans can dream and hope against hope that somewhere someone is listening and makes our dreams a reality!

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Comments (12)

  • I think the only rules on the cars apart from safety-related ones should be a maximum displacement, no forced induction, only mechanical systems, and a restrictive fuel tank to force some fuel efficiency. Aero should be a free for all. Weight and materials should be, too. Let Formula E have all the electronic systems. Make Formula 1 a mechanical and talent-oriented spectacle. Let the cars push the limits of physical science and what a human can do.

      3 years ago
    • Couldn’t have said it better

        3 years ago
    • Personally I think that wheels and tyres should be a free for all again too. That allows people to get crazy again, like throwing another 2 wheels on or something... Tyrrell I'm looking at you. Let the designers have fun and see what they come...

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        3 years ago
  • Renewable fuel.. that's all we need for mad engines. Alcohol from waste/grain? They make ethanol from the waste of sugar cane. So run your V8/10/12 on "renewable" fuel that smells so good!! And it has higher octane, E85 is like race gas but is more environmentally responsible..

      3 years ago
  • I think every race fan agrees. The problem is that people have become so environmentally obsessed because of eco terrorism and tree-hugging lobbyists, that hardly anybody dares to speak his mind about how to actually save racing in general and F1 in particular. Why do (not even) two dozens of cars need to set the example while politicians refuse to take public transport to work and - in Europe's case - migrate between two offices every month because they can't come to a bloody agreement?

      3 years ago
  • I say bring back tobacco sponsorship, why the hell not?

      3 years ago
  • I'm going to upset people again...

    What is it people actually want? Noise? Wheel-to-wheel racing? Crashes?

    The noise of the car is a result of the engine. You might get more noise from a V8 but that's all it will be, much like Trump's tweets, as it will not do anything for the sport or attendance at races. If noise is the only thing keeping you away, then watch it on TV and turn the volume up. Or sit at turn 7 of the Yas Marina Circuit (seriously, it is an echo chamber).

    I miss the wheel-to-wheel, honest to god racing which we sometimes see in moments. I feel this is because the cars are so fragile. One touch and the race has ended.

    Crashes are fun and they add some excitement to the whole thing, but nothing like indy car. I like that the cars are safe, but the drivers are just too careful now for anything major to happen.

    As for the rest, go watch replays of the races you miss.

    Formula 1 was always a testing ground for car tech, and it remains so. The first active suspension was developed by Williams in 1992. ABS was raced in F1 in the '60's. Semi-automatic transmissions have been used in F1 since the '80's. Turbos were also used for most of the '80's. So where do you want to go back to?

      3 years ago