Fans haven’t been too pleased with the sound of Formula One since the V6 hybrid turbos were introduced in 2014, with many calling for engines to be ear-splittingly loud again.
Well good news! The FIA is changing exhaust rules for 2016 in a hope to make Formula One cars sound less like vacuum cleaners and more like proper race cars.
“For 2016, all cars must have a separate exhaust wastegate tailpipe through which all and only wastegate exhaust gases must pass,” said a statement from the FIA. “This measure has been undertaken to increase the noise of the cars and will not have any significant effect on power or emissions.”
Another major talking point in recent years is also being addressed as it seems the FIA confirmed they will start to clampdown on track limits, with drivers now abusing the Tilkedrome run-off areas and taking more corner cuts than in a game of Mario Kart.
The FIA said: “Sporting Regulations regarding track limits have been clarified and specify that drivers ‘must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason’. Penalties will still be allocated based on whether a driver is judged to have gained an advantage.”
The stewards actually doing something during the race? I’ll believe it when I see it.