Lewis Hamilton does not think Sebastian Vettel’s dominance is good for Formula One and is worried fans will stop watching.
The German won in Korea on Sunday and is now poised to record a fourth successive title when the championship heads to Japan next weekend.
Vettel’s success has clear comparisons with the dominance enjoyed by compatriot Michael Schumacher in years gone by and Hamilton is worried by them.
Recalling his own experiences of watching Schumacher, the Mercedes driver said: “Personally I feel for the fans because I remember the period of time when Michael Schumacher was winning.
“I remember waking up in the morning to watch the start of the race and then going to sleep, and then waking up when it ended because I already knew what would happen.
“I am pretty sure a lot of people are doing that today.” There is still respect from Hamilton towards Vettel, however, even if it is begrudging, as he said: “He has driven well all year. I’ve looked at his points and he has had second, first, second all year. He’s done the perfect job and he deserves it.”
Hamilton could only manage fifth in the Korean GP to trail Vettel by 111 points, with just 125 available, heading into Sunday’s race at Suzuka. The Briton has now fallen to fourth in the drivers’ title race, 34 points behind Fernando Alonso.
But with five poles and a win to his name this year, Hamilton knows he cannot be too disgruntled, adding: “We’re very happy. We’re only a point behind Ferrari (in the Constructors’ Championship), so we have to make sure over the next five races we consistently beat them.
Second in the Constructors’ would be huge for us. That’s my goal, to do that for the team.” After that, thoughts will start to turn to 2014, but Hamilton refused to contemplate what might be around the corner for fear the season could be another disaster.
F1 faces its most significant change to the rules for many years next season as the 2.4-litre V8 engines are replaced by turbo-charged 1.6-litre powerplants.