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Ecclestone expects Formula 1 engine rule change

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone has said he expects to get an agreement to change the sport's "unacceptable" engine rules.

The muted sound of the new 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrid engines has also attracted criticism.

Formula One motor sport boss Bernie Ecclestone

The sport's new fuel limits restrict usage to 100 kilograms per car per race, with the flow never exceeding more than 100 kilograms per hour.

"They can do something about the noise, and they need another 10 kilos of fuel or something," Ecclestone said Sunday ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. "Everybody will agree to that."

Read more: Ecclestone vows to address worries over F1 noise

Family 'confident' over progress made by Schumacher

In a statement, Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm has said she and the seven-time Formula One world champion's family were remaining confident over his progress.

Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.

We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness.

– Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm

Michael Schumacher 'making progress' says agent

Michael Schumacher is "making progress" and "showing moments of consciousness and awakening," his agent has said.

Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. Credit: Reuters

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last December, remains in an artificially induced coma.

Ecclestone vows to address worries over F1 noise

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has pledged to address concerns surrounding the sport's lack of an appealing noise.

Following Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, Ron Walker, chairman of the organising company that stages the race, complained to close friend Ecclestone about the lack of sound.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone. Credit: Press Association

The scream of the old V8 engine has gone, and in its place there is now a huskier tone from the 1.6-litre V6 turbo, as F1 tries to become greener.

Walker claimed Ecclestone was "horrified" by what he had heard on Sunday, to which the 83-year-old said: "I was not horrified by the noise, I was horrified by the lack of it."And I was sorry to be proved right with what I've said all along - these cars don't sound like racing cars.

"I've been speaking with Jean (Todt, president of the FIA) and what I've said is we need to see whether there is some way of making them sound like racing cars."I don't know whether it's possible, but we should investigate."

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ecclestone added: "I think let's get the first few races out of the way and then maybe look to do something. We can't wait all season. It could be too late by then."

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Lewis Hamilton retires in Australian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has retired early in Australian Grand Prix after what appeared to be an engine problem. Lewis Hamilton's start to the new Formula One season lasted just three laps before the championship favourite was forced to retire because of a 'misfiring cylinder'.

Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes during Qualifying. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

From the 32nd pole position of his career ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton was passed on the run down to the first corner at Melbourne's Albert Park by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo on his debut for Red Bull.

On the opening lap McLaren's Kevin Magnussen dropped Hamilton to fourth, and it was clear the 29-year-old was struggling with his car. On lap two Hamilton was then informed by race engineer Pete Bonnington to stop the car and save the engine

Read: Lewis Hamilton retires early from Formula 1 opener

Formula 1 season begins with Lewis Hamilton in pole

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives into the pit lane during the qualifying session. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

The Formula 1 season is off and running in the Australian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton starting in pole position.

Read: Lewis Hamilton retires from Formula 1 opening race

Hamilton: Schumacher's accident 'happens for a reason'

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has commented on Michael Schumacher's skiing accident, saying that "all things happens for a reason."

Lewis Hamilton has said of Michael Schumacher's skiing accident that 'all things happens for a reason' Credit: PA

Welcoming the news that Schumacher was showing small signs of improvement following his skiing accident in December, seven-time F1 champion Hamilton told the The Daily Telegraph that he feels the "experience will really show his character and depth".

Read: Michael Schumacher 'will win this fight,' says family

"He's a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual," he said.

"So I feel like all things happen for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he's had."

Michael Schumacher 'will win this fight,' says family

Michael Schumacher's family say they believe the seven-time world champion will "win this fight" following a skiing accident last year.

A vigil on the racing driver's 45th birthday in January outside the French hospital where he is receiving treatment. Credit: Reuters

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last December, remains in an artificially induced coma.

His agent Sabine Kehm said on behalf of the family: "It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say that the family is extremely grateful for it...

"We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe that this will help him. And we believe that he will also win this fight."

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