The 83-year-old wasn’t at the season opener in Australia but, after watching the race from home, said he was “horrified” by the lower volume of the new V6 Turbo power-units.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was similarly critical about the engine sound when speaking to media at the Sepang International Circuit on Thursday.
However, Ecclestone made his first appearance in the F1 paddock on Friday and told Sky Sports F1 that it is not as bad as he had first feared. “People said you couldn’t hear anything – it’s not true,” he said. “It is a little better than we thought so if we can just get it up a little more than that, then it would be alright.”
Australian Grand Prix promoters warned that the lack of noise was a breach of contract, and Ecclestone admitted that others have raised concerns: “All the promoters are complaining, saying the same thing, so we have to see a little bit what is going to happen.”
He added: “It sounds terrible on TV. The problem is not that, the problem is for the people coming here and the whole atmosphere.”
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