In some ways quieter cars are better for everyone, speaking as one of the thousands of people whose hearing was damaged by being too close to Formula One. They are also a lot more interesting in the sense that you can hear much more about how the car is performing with the new cars —the engine note, the gear changes, the screech of lock-ups. [...] There were moments when it felt, or sounded like, a Grand Prix from years ago.
But there is no doubt that something has been lost. The sheer roaring, full-throated extravagance of the V8s was enough to send a shiver through my spine every time I heard them close up. [...] Somehow Formula One – the pinnacle of motor sport – felt just right being ludicrously loud.