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Engineers to ensure F1 sounds ‘sexy’ in 2013

F1 engineers will work with the sport’s new engine formula for 2013 to create a “sexy” sound.

That is the claim of Fernando Alonso, amid fears F1’s formidable engine note is not reduced to a feeble buzz after the normally-aspirated V8s roar for the last time next year.

Asked about the likely sound of the 4-cylinder turbo engines in 2013, Ferrari driver Alonso said on Thursday: “For the driver, the change will not be a big one.

“From the cockpit, we hear only 5 or 10 per cent of the ambient noise anyway,” the Spaniard said at Ferrari’s media event in the Italian Dolomites.

“For the fans, of course, it is important, but I am sure the engineers will work for example with the exhaust to ensure that the sound is sexy enough,” added Alonso.