FIA president Jean Todt said that he is happy with how Formula One engines sound at the moment but is willing to increase the noise in response to public opinion.
“If you ask me, I don’t need the noise. I am quite happy with that. I don’t think we don’t need noise, but I’m quite happy with the noise we have now.” – Jean Todt said – “The only problem is that it seems there are a lot of complaints about the noise. I’m sure, if you are here with 20, 25 people, we will have different opinions about the noise. So, if we can please people by giving more noise, I’m not against that at all, so we simply need to see how to give more noise.” – he added.
Changes to the engine formula for 2021 are under discussion. Jean Todt admitted there are other shortcomings to the current formula which need to be addressed but doesn’t expect the next engine formula to be radically different: “We are talking, it has started already months ago, with actual engine manufacturers, with potential engine suppliers, with the commercial rights holder, what should be a good engine. If you ask me what I feel about the actual engine, it has been one interesting exercise. I think it’s too complicated, I think it is too expensive, but it’s probably a very good first step to go to a next generation of engine, which will be… an evolution of what we have now. I am against starting on a completely new development of engine, but I think we should take the upmost from what we have understood from this engine and allow the actual manufacturers who have been investing heavily to be able to enjoy what they have been investing for the next generation of engine, and also encouraging newcomers to come.” – FIA president Jean Todt concluded.