Hamilton: Vettel dominance negative
7 October 2013 – Lewis Hamilton reckons Sebastian Vettel's current level of dominance is a negative for the sport, the Mercedes driver stating that he "feels for the fans" after his Red Bull rival stormed to a fourth consecutive victory at the Korean Grand Prix.
Red Bull driver Vettel now holds a 77-point advantage over Fernando Alonso in the standings, meaning he can theoretically notch up his fourth world title in Japan.
And with the title "won already" in Hamilton's eyes, the Briton says those behind television screens are suffering due to Vettel's frequent commanding victories.
"He has won already, unless he doesn't finish the rest of the races. Even if he doesn't he has probably still won it," Hamilton said of the title race. "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 waking up when it ended because I already knew what would happen. I am pretty sure a lot of people were doing that [on Sunday], at least in my family."
Hamilton, who finished fifth in Korea, added his frustration at being unable to fight for victories, arguing that he and Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso are "of a higher calibre".
"It's strange," explained Hamilton, who was fended off by Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg. "Me and Fernando in fifth and sixth at the end, and having our own little race, we are of a higher calibre than that. We should be further ahead, and fighting with the World Champions at the front, and Sebastian. I guess that shows where the sport is today."