F1 fan tweaks V10 engine noises in last year’s final race, and it’s awfully good

Last year’s Formula 1 finale was epic, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton battling it out. But it could have been even better. An F1 fan has edited footage from last year’s final lap, adding 90s F1 V10 engine sounds, and it’s so good it’ll break your heart.

The Formula 1 V10 engines of the late 90s and early 2000s were amazing. They were smaller, lighter and more efficient than the V12 engines they replaced, but still produced sensational noises and tingles. They typically produced around 900 horsepower and some of them, such as Honda and BMW engines, could reliably rev up to 19,000 rpm. The V10 era was truly the greatest era for Formula 1 engines and we miss it more than ever.

Formula 1 is still thrilling today. In some ways it’s more fun to watch (and in some ways less fun) due to car parity. It puts more emphasis on driver skills, which is why you can still get thrilling finals, like last year’s in Abu Dhabi. But no matter how good the racing, this current V6 era of F1 will never make your heart beat like it did in the V10 era. This video proves it.

If you watch the original broadcast of the final round, you can see the superb performances from Hamilton and eventual champion Max Verstappen. Literal sparks fly as both exchanges end bitterly. However, it falls a bit flat as you can barely hear the cars. Even during in-car shots of both cars, their engines are barely audible. As great as the ride is, the deciding lap for the champ is ultimately a bit disappointing. Look at the V10 F1 fan montage, however, and it suddenly becomes a heart-pounding thrill ride.

It comes with the sting of sadness, though. Watching the fan montage of the V10 reminds us that we’ll never hear F1 engines like that again. The next generation of F1 hybrid power units will actually increase their electric output, relying even less on internal combustion than they do today. Unless some unforeseen magic fuel promises lower emissions, we’ll probably never see, or hear again, larger displacement, high revving F1 engines. And after watching this fan montage, I don’t know how it doesn’t make all motorsport fans at least a little sad.

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