Mercedes tests F1 'trumpet' exhaust system and fails
The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team has been busy testing a new 'trumpet' exhaust system that is designed to amplify the engine note of its cars following complaints from fans that the new V6 engines are too quiet.
Nico Rosberg was among those trialling the bizarre-looking device over the past few days but he has admitted the contraption hasn't worked. "It didn't make it much louder so we will just have to look for another solution," Rosberg told the BBC.
"We tried the new exhaust [because] as a team we want to do good for the sport, but it wasn't a great solution. It just didn't work."
Rosberg did a handful of laps with the exhaust extension in the first hour of running before switching to a conventional exhaust
Despite the team's best intentions, the 'trumpet' system has come under fire from a number of fans that were quick to point out that it looked ridiculous.
Rosberg tweeted an image, allegedly created by one of his team members, that features the strange device with the addition of Louis Armstrong 'trumpeting' away merrily.
Luckily, Rosberg saw the funny side of the failed device, saying: "One of the guys of (sic) my team did this... very funny!"
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is among those concerned about the lack of noise emanating from the exhausts of the new V6-powered cars, citing that the new, near-silent soundtrack will dispel audiences.
Organisers of the Australian Grand Prix even threatened legal action against Formula One management over the lack of engine noise at this year's opening race.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive, Andrew Westacott, said at the time: "We pay for a product, we've got contracts in place, we are looking at those very, very seriously because we reckon there has probably been some breaches," after fans criticised this year's race.
The results of the Mercedes 'trumpet' exhaust will be analysed by the FIA and then discussed with the teams but is highly unlikely we will be seeing them in action anytime soon.