Hamilton feels for the fans as Vettel wins again

Mon Oct 7, 2013 7:42pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton fears Sebastian Vettel's Formula One dominance is becoming as much of a television turnoff for some fans as Michael Schumacher's relentless success was a decade ago.

Red Bull's Vettel is on the brink of a fourth successive title after winning Sunday's Korean Grand Prix from pole position.

His fourth victory in a row gave the 26-year old German a lead of 77 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with five races remaining. If Vettel wins in Japan on Sunday, and the Spaniard is ninth or lower, it is game over.

"He has won already," Hamilton, who was fifth for Mercedes at Yeongam on Sunday, told British reporters. "Unless he doesn't finish the rest of the races, and even if he doesn't he has probably still won it.

"Personally I feel for the fans because I remember the period of time when Michael Schumacher was winning," added the Briton.

"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 were doing that today."

Hamilton, the 2008 champion, has won once this season, in Hungary, but Vettel has taken eight of the 14 races and is on course for his most dominant season since 2011.

That year he also triumphed in Suzuka with four races to spare and went on to end the season with 11 victories, a number only Schumacher, with 13 in 2004, has exceeded.   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain races during the Korean F1 Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji