Apologies for the short entry but I’m restricted to typing on my iPad and it’s a pain in the rear end.
That’s an appropriate place to start, actually, because my wife would gladly wager that my rear end is noisier than the rear end of a 2014 Formula 1 car, the quietness of which has got Australia’s F1 promoter threatening legal action today.
”I was absolutely delighted with the whole weekend, but I was not too happy with the sound,” Walker said on Monday. “We are resolving that with Bernie. It’s clearly in breach of our contract. I was talking to him last night [Sunday] and it’s not what we paid for. It’s going to change.
I watched qualifying on Saturday and I didn’t mind the sound when I first heard it. But over the course of a full race on Sunday, it did take away from the excitement, somewhat. In fact, I nipped out to buy a bag of dog food and didn’t feel like I was missing that much (knowing I’d be back in time for Ricciardo’s big moment).
It’s not a bad sound, but I think the point is that it’s not an F1 sound and anything that takes away from the raw sensation of the pinnacle of Motorsport is a bad thing.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the courts, and in other countries, too.
Here’s some video. Note first, the sound. Note second, the lack of enduring sound and the fact that you can hear announcements over the loudspeaker. I’d suggest that is a new phenomenon.