The German has dominated the sport for the last four years
with the old V8 engines but his run of nine consecutive
victories ended in Melbourne in the season opening race two
weeks ago when retired with a reliability issue.
The early stop gave Vettel a chance to hear the cars continue
around the Albert Park track with the lack of noise not proving
music to the ears of the Red Bull driver.
"I was on the pitwall during the race, and it is (quieter) than
in a bar. I think for the fans it is not good," he told
reporters at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Thursday.
"I think F1 has to be spectacular and the sound is one of the
most important things."
Vettel said the deafening noise of the old Formula One engines
had made a lasting impression when he first went to a race in
Germany aged six.
"We went to see the cars live in free practice in Germany, and
the one thing I remember was the sound," the 26-year-old added.
"I remember how loud the cars were and to feel the cars through
the ground as it was vibrating. It is a shame we don't have that
The view was shared by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who said
the lack of noise around the circuits had taken some of the
magic away from the glamour sport.
"It's OK. It's not special how it used to be, but it's a lot of
power and special in other ways," the 2008 world champion said.
Vettel's team mate Daniel Ricciardo, who finished second in his
first race with the team at his home Grand Prix in Melbourne
before being disqualified, said the noise remained loud enough
"Once you're at full speed, you still don't hear what's going
on," the Australian told reporters.
"There's still enough noise inside our helmets to block out the
"I think it's all right. It's different, something else to get
used to. I'll probably have good hearing for a bit longer so I'm
not really complaining."
Ricciardo's lack of complaints would have been met with approval
by McLaren's Jenson Button, who took advantage of the
Australian's disqualification to move up to third in Melbourne.
The 2009 world champion advised the likes of Vettel to leave
Formula One if they did not like the adaptations.
"Go and race something else if you're not happy," the Briton
"As drivers, we don't have an opinion where the cars are in
terms of sound and feel. When you cross the finish line first,
you've won a grand prix, you don't care what it sounds like and
what it looks like.
"You've beaten the best in the world and that's what you care
Hamilton's Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg won the Australian
Grand Prix and he backed up Button's opinion in an earlier news
"The cars are great to drive, that's fine, so I think its all
good," the German said.
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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