Lowe: Circuit threats "ironic"

Date published: July 6 2011

Paddy Lowe has hit back at circuit organisers threatening to switch to IndyCar because of a change in engine regulations…

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe has hit back at circuit organisers threatening to switch to IndyCar because of a change in engine regulations.

Australian GP promoter Ron Walker has been vocal in his criticism of the switch away from V8 engines, claiming that the toned down level of engine noise will cause fans to stay away from the races.

Walker suggested that circuits may look to open their gates to IndyCar racing as an alternative to F1, a point that baffles Lowe.

“I think it sounds like a great formula,” Lowe told ESPNF1 of the new regulations.

“I think the high-speed V6 turbo sounds exciting, it’s a unique engine package actually, I don’t think there’s ever been that particular formula or that solution seen in motor racing. So it will be a completely new format and I think when you combine it with all the engine efficiency aspects and new technology aspects that support achieving those engine efficiencies it’s a great technical challenge and I think it’s going to work really well.

“I think the teams will generally want to keep the revs as high as makes sense. It’s a new one; I have seen various threats about running IndyCars instead which seems somewhat ironic because I don’t think the IndyCar engine is particularly loud or particularly high-revving, I think it’s a 12,000rpm engine. So I think it’s a slightly odd threat, but we have to respect the circuit owners. I think we’ve all got the same motivations as they have, so we need to work together but we’re working to the same agenda – I would hope – so there shouldn’t be room for conflict on that,” he added.