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George Russell

Russell and Verstappen back louder engines for 2026

Both drivers want to see a return to ear-shattering engine noises when the new regulations come into effect in 2026.

George Russell and Max Verstappen want to see Formula 1 return to louder engines when the next power unit regulations come into effect in 2026.

While the current 1.6 litre V6 engine formula can range between 110 and 120 decibels, it is a far cry from the ear-shattering noise that used to be made by the naturally aspirated V8 and V10 engines.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has made a promise that the new engines will bring back some of the louder noise that has been lost by the electrification and energy harvesting technologies.

Russell responded to Domenicali's claims when asked by media, including RacingNews365: "I think we'll all welcome that. I think the perception of speed with sound sort of goes together.

"It's like in the UK there used to be a car, the Citroën Saxo, and people used to put this massive exhaust on it and you'd hear it coming from miles away. You think it'd be a Ferrari and it turned out to be this Saxo!

"But I think there's something to be said that you want that noise, that buzz around the track. I welcome it, definitely."

Sound needs to be more distinctive

Verstappen also backs the need for F1 to have a more captivating sound, harping back to the days when the sound could be heard miles outside of a circuit.

He added: "I wonder how much can be done, but back in the day if you would walk into the paddock and there was a free practice session going on, from a far distance you were like 'Wow, this is incredible!'

"Even though the speeds were, on a straight, slower than what we're doing now. So yeah, the sound definitely has a big, big influence on that. I would definitely welcome it."

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