Former FIA President Max Mosley has described F1's noise debate as 'nonsense'

Governing body should "take no notice" of those speaking out

By Mike Wise.   Last Updated: 17/04/14 5:00am

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Former FIA President Max Mosley believes his successor Jean Todt should pay "lip service" at most to the critics of F1's new 'green' formula.

The sport's shift to hybrid technology - more specifically the noise made by F1's new V6 turbo - has been a hot topic of debate since the season got underway in Melbourne last month.

So aghast were Australian GP promoters by the muted strains of the new power units that legal action was even mentioned. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone - a long-time opponent of the changes - has also spoken out while World Champion Sebastian Vettel described the engine noise as "sh*t" at the Malaysian GP.

Todt met with Ecclestone and Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo - who has lamented the "music" made by the departed V8s - to discuss the situation at the Bahrain GP, with the FIA subsequently announcing that 'a study on engine noise is under way'.

Speaking to Reuters Television, however, Mosley dismissed the argument as "nonsense" and said Todt should ignore any requests for change.

Asked what he would do, the 74-year-old replied: "I think pretty much what Jean's doing, which is take no notice, or pay lip service to the discussion - 'Oh that's interesting Bernie' - but in the end take no notice, because there's nothing anybody can do. The regulations are fixed and nobody can change anything. If you try to change them, Mercedes will stop you and your own rules stop you.

"There's nothing to discuss until 2015 and arguably not even then because of the notice periods. So Jean can just, very gently, take the mickey."

Mosley, who headed the FIA between 1991 and 2009, helped create the blueprint for the technical shake-up but thinks F1 should have gone even further.

The V6 formula was announced two years after he left office - but only after initial plans for a four-cylinder hybrid engine had met with opposition, notably from Ferrari.

"What we've got now is not the ultimate - it should have been four cylinders ideally - but everything's a bit of a compromise," Mosley added. "But it's completely the right way to go and the people who don't like it have got this thing about the noise. I think that's complete nonsense; people will get used to the noise.

"Apart from that, it's a really interesting technology and it's change. And the thing is that, in the end, Formula 1 depends on fashion - being fashionable - and the essence of fashion is change. If you don't have change then you just disappear.

"Those cars were becoming dinosaurs. And then the sponsors all have to answer to some sort of board about their green credentials.

"These cars are still very, very fast."

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