Mosley to 'blame' for V6 engines

Saturday 12-April-2014 11:08

Former FIA president Max Mosley says not only does he "like" the new engine noise but that he is also responsible for it.

During his tenure as president of motorsport's governing body, Mosley campaigned on three main issues; safety, cost cutting and keeping up with the times.

The latter meant a move to greener technology, which came into being this season when F1 welcomed the new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines with ERS.

The change, though, has not gone down well with some fans prompting F1 to look into ways to increase the volume.

And if fans are looking for someone to blame, Mosley says that is him and he's happy about it.

"If anybody should be 'blamed' it's me," he told the Daily Mail.

"We were the ones who looked at bringing in the new technology. It was 10 years in the making, and I actually like the noise.

"I wear these things in both my ears (hearing aids) because the noise of the engines went right through me for 40 years or more. It's too late to save my hearing but not for the next generation. The quieter engines are better for families. You can take children to races without fear of their being deafened.

"It is important for Formula One to evolve. Safety was the big challenge of the 20th Century and the environment is the big challenge of the 21st. If that that fact is not understood and embraced, the sport runs the risk of becoming irrelevant.

"Corporate social responsibility is important for car manufacturers, so there is a need to move in this direction so the sport does not lose sponsors and manufacturers. They see how important this technology is in the development of road cars.

"If there is one thing I feel could have been done better it is how the new regulations, and the reasons behind them, have been explained to the public. An opportunity has been missed."

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