But on the last day of the race, when i was driving home from dinner in town, for the 1st time in my life i heard the engine sounds of the F1 cars! It gave me goosebumps even though the sounds were quite faint from Orchard road. So i decided to drive somewhere nearer to the track to get a closer 'listen'. I stopped somewhere near Clark Quey and just listened to the crazy loud engine noise, it was really exciting even though i couldn't see anything at all. That moment triggered me to make sure i went to race the following year, and i have been going to every race ever since.
The 1st time my wife and i actually went to the race, i was extremely excited because finally, i can add an image to the insane engine sounds i heard. Sitting in the front section of the grandstand, the sound was almost unbearable even with earplugs on! My wife couldn't take the volume and covered her ears with her hands throughout the race, on top of wearing earplugs. I enjoyed myself a hell lot and instantly became an F1 fan.
Now, you can tell how disappointing it is watching the video(below). The scene is the front straight of the Albert Park Circuit at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, and what you see on track on either side of the gentleman wearing the orange hat is a Mercedes AMG Petronas being followed by a Lotus. The first major clue, as should be obvious by the nose of the Mercedes, is that this scene was captured last year. The other major clue in the photo is the gentleman in the orange hat: he's wearing earmuffs to silence the noise. We count at least four people wearing them, and that's before the camera pans.
The organizers of the Australian Grand Prix are threatening to sue because of a "lack of sexiness," and F1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone has declared he was "horrified by the lack of [noise]."
This video compares last year's 2.4-liter V8 cars on the first lap at Albert Park with the new turbo V6 cars on the first lap this year. You can compare the sounds and the number of earmuffs in this short clip.