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Vettel set for Todt talks

Sebastian Vettel is to meet with FIA president Jean Todt for clear-the-air talks.

The moves comes after the reigning champion resorted to profanity in describing the sound of Formula One's new power units.

Vettel has made it clear he is far from impressed with the reduction in noise following F1's switch from the ear-piercing shrill of the old V8s to the more low-key rumble of the turbo-charged V6s.

The German pulled no punches when asked for his opinion of the new sound last week, describing it as "s***".

The FIA could have charged Vettel under article 151c of the sporting regulations with bringing the sport into disrepute for his remark, but it is understood Todt instead wrote a personal letter to Vettel in which he reminded him of his responsibilities.

By way of a follow-up, Todt and four-time champion Vettel are to meet this in Bahrain weekend to discuss the matter further.

"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."

The 26-year-old Red Bull driver is unlikely to swear in front of Todt, but he will make it clear if he has an opinion in future he will not refrain from airing it.

Vettel added: "The fact I criticise doesn't mean I do not like Formula One any more. We are still here with the best cars in the world competing against the best drivers.

"At the moment it might not sound that great, but Formula One is still the pinnacle of motor sport.

"I realise everyone thinks I don't like the sound because I have not won yet, but I don't care, I stand by what I said. I am a fan of the old F1."