Williams Martini driver Felipe Massa has questioned whether the proposal to alter the F1 cars to be 'five or six seconds a lap faster' is 'too much', suggesting the noise is of more importance.

One of the most experienced drivers on the grid, Massa has been present through the eras of modern day F1 to a point where today's cars are lapping considerably slower than they were a decade ago.

Despite this, Massa remains uncertain about the proposals offered up by the Strategy Group to speed up the cars with various aerodynamic tweaks, saying there is a risk it could return to the days when the cars are fast but overtaking is difficult again, even with the input of DRS.

"Maybe five or six seconds is a little bit too much, but for sure we want to be as fast as we can in the cars," he said. "We want competition in the cars as well. I remember before when we had a lot of downforce that you didn't even see overtaking in the race.

"Maybe now with the DRS it helps, but this is the only doubt we need to understand. They have moved it but they need to keep it in a good way. I think the engine, we already have good power, but maybe we are going to have a bit more, which is fine to have.

"After 2004 we have just been getting a little bit slower because we have changed aerodynamically and also tyres to be slower. It's not so difficult to make them a little bit quicker and more interesting. If you put the cars too quick and you don't see overtaking you will complain as well. It needs to be done in the proper way."

Indeed, Massa says increasing the noise is of greater importance, since upping the pace by one or two seconds won't resonate with fans in the stands.

"I think maybe more important than the power is the noise, because if you improve one second the people in the grandstand don't understand. If you are one or two seconds quicker and more interesting to watch or not, then this is a good point as well."

The Strategy Group proposal still requires backing from the F1 Commission before it can be considered for introduction in 2017.



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