Date: 19th January 2015 at 9:39am
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Bernie Ecclestone might want the Formula One circus to return to the ear screeching noise of the old v8 and v10 aspirated engines.

Fighting to get back the old sounds of Formula One which was lost following the introduction of the v6 turbo-hybrid engines.

He says he wants to get them back following feedback from the Grand Prix bosses who host the Formula One calendar, people like Malaysian Grand Prix boss Razlan Razali.

He recently told Reuters as quoted by the BBC: ‘We were concerned after the feedback from Australia. Very concerned. When it finally came to Malaysia [last year], I didn’t like it. It was simply too quiet.

However Razali has since changed his mind, believing that Formula One with a quieter sound actually becomes a lot more family friendly.

‘I noticed in the grandstands is that you get families with kids watching and enjoying Formula 1 better.

‘I can remember in the past where a dad would put headphones on the kid and hold it. Or a kid would be too scared and start crying, wanting to go home. I think it attracts a new breed of fanbase now. And that’s what you want.’

The Malaysian Grand Prix is an event that has struggled to attract large crowds since its debut in 1999. So if the new engines can aid to boost attendances at the less desirable tracks then surely that’s an indicator to be used worldwide?