“I am worried about the sound, which in F1 has been so unique,” echoed Lauda. “Hopefully, there will be more than a faint hum.”
Any such qualms, however, have been dismissed by both Cosworth business manager Mark Gallagher – who believes the four-cylinder engines will be able to be designed at a cost of only €30 million – and FIA President Jean Todt.
“I can guarantee that the F1 cars for the 2013 season will be very exciting and produce a great sound,” assured the Frenchman. “The development of the industry in the past years has been bringing safety and environmental awareness to the foreground, and the car manufacturers have made great progress in both areas.
“With the new rules, the FIA wants to send a strong message about F1. It is the pinnacle of motorsport, and the smaller engine is very important for the manufacturers.”