There is a certain atmosphere which go with certain sports. Can you imagine Wimbledon Tennis with a football crowd? Champions League final with a tennis crowd? Its what makes these events special, sure the game is still the same whether there is noise or not, but you mix up the sound at all major sporting events and the atmosphere becomes very different.
and the volume is a big part - You get 60,000 people singing/chanting compared to 60,000 people talking at a stadium its not the same thing.
F1 had a wow factor and a unique selling point. I remember kids in Melbourne getting off a tram and being amazed at the sound, they weren't even going to the race. But I reckon after hearing them a lot of them wanted to find out more about it. The volume created an atmosphere at the circuit and outside the circuit. The excitement grew as you or the cars got closer and closer. That is no more. The kids that get off the tram now, won't hear a thing and carry on not knowing an F1 race is in town.
well tennis and football, even they are incorporating new and cutting edge technologies as are any other sports. Take racket, ball, wear, shoes, training method, sports medical/physics/theory, etc, just everything. Werent they testing or adopting IC chip ball for football btw?
Sticking with noise or V10 is same as saying tennis/football should get back to vintage, good old days of low tech low quality, like wooden racket / cotton wear / leather ball.
As previously stated, I hate the sound of the new F1.
Will it damage attendances at race tracks? Yes
Enough to cause those inside of F1 to worry, I doubt it.
I do think many underestimate how important sound is too many of the fans.
I'd say if F1 has to die because of "poor sound", just let it be dead.
In order to satisfy fans who think sound is important, engines should be designed and built based on noise and according to how it should sound. I mean, what the hell is that?? Engines are not musical instrument, but if that's what people want so be it too. Either way F1 will be dead.
- sticking to V10 or build engine based on sound, F1 will be reduced to become sth that exists purely for providing entertainment and nostalgia just for the sake of that. F1 is no more relevant tech wise, hence the series is effectively dead
- keep adopting new tech, F1 will remain F1 but lose popularity and cease to continue because a lot of fans leave by being disappointed about noise and few new fans drawn in
I'd choose #2 any day cos there's still much more hope and possibility in there. But even if F1 has to die I'd still have WEC etc, plus engineers and manufacturers surely wont stop racing regardless of engine sound so I'm certain I'll still have sth to watch in WEC or whatever.
My other comment on the current note is that the Mercedes has the worst tonal quality of the lot (doesn't sound like a car at all, more like a muffled 2 stroke motorcycle) the Ferrari is the "best", and the Renault is similar to the Ferrari but with a very distinct and high pitched whistle/whine (ERS? Something related to the turbo?) that I found very annoying.
You can actually see why easily. Merc ICE's exhaust manifold is very compact and short, it has unconventional shape and layout for an F1 engine while Ferrari's and Renault's are quite traditional, which is why Mercs sound different to others. That's science. Terrific for me.