18 Mar 2014

Court threat after F1 'too quiet'

10:20 pm on 18 March 2014

Formula One is being threatened with legal action because its new V6 engines are too quiet.

Australian Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker says he was unhappy with the reduced decibel level in Sunday's season opener in Melbourne and has warned Formula One it was in breach of contract.

The race's chief executive Andrew Westacott was also among those disappointed, complaining that he was able to stand at pit lane without ear plugs.

Formula One dropped the old V8 engines at the end of last season and replaced them with the muted V6 turbo power units.