Sebastian Vettel to meet Jean Todt over F1 engine noise criticism
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, April 4th 2014, 12:10 GMT|
Sebastian Vettel will meet with FIA president Jean Todt in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, following the controversial remarks he made about Formula 1 last week.
The Red Bull driver heavily criticised the noise of the 2014 cars in Malaysia - claiming the sound of the new turbo engines was 's**t'.
Vettel's use of a profanity did not go down well with Todt, who wrote to the four-time world champion earlier this week regarding the matter.
AUTOSPORT has learned that in the correspondence, Todt made it clear that he fully respected Vettel's right to hold an opinion, but he expressed his displeasure at the strong language used.
It was suggested that he and Vettel should get together in Bahrain to discuss the matter.
Vettel said he welcomed the opportunity to speak to Todt about his feelings on the new F1.
"It's fairly normal to have a meeting after a couple of races," said Vettel.
"Mr Todt is coming here, so it makes sense to use the opportunity to talk about many things."
Red Bull boss Christian Horner made it clear in Malaysia that he did not have a problem with Vettel speaking out against F1.
"All the drivers are allowed to express their own opinion," he said.
"Sebastian has expressed his opinion and I don't think anybody would condemn a driver for making an opinion.
"It [his opinion] is not one that he is alone on. There are differences of opinion and everybody is entitled to one."