Nov 18, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (1) comes in second in the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Is Sebastian Vettel’s dominance bad for Formula One?


On the cusp of winning his fourth Formula One title in as many years, Sebastian Vettel’s sustained dominance of the sport has some of his competitors worried that fans are growing bored.

Yep, it’s exactly like all those years when the PGA Tour would draw horrible ratings whenever Tiger Woods was in contention on a Sunday at a major. Fans hated that.

Sarcasm aside, the concern as it pertains to Formula One isn’t entirely without merit. As driver Lewis Hamilton explains, Vettel’s dominance parallels the predictable era of Michael Schumacher:

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 were doing that today (Reuters).

Vettel has won eight of the 14 races he’s competed in this year, and he is almost guaranteed the title thanks to his huge lead in the standings.

But perhaps Hamilton is right to be concerned. I mean, you’d hate to see fans of a sport where vehicles go around in circles experience something like boredom.

[Source: Reuters]

Tags: Formula One Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel

  • Sean

    I’m an american fan and I have to admit, I fast forward when the commentators start talking about Vettel: A great driver, in the best car, with the most money, and the fastest pit crew; what else is there to say, really? Singapore was a great race, some really exciting moments, fun passes, amazing drivers fighting their way up the field. But the guy in front could’ve had cruise control on and it would’ve been the same race. But what is there to be done about it? He and his team are all really great at their jobs, what are we gonna do penalize them for it? Put term limits in F1? All you can really do is pretend that he isn’t there and have fun watching Kimi, Alonso, Hamilton, and all of the other amazing driver who have work to do.

  • Jimmy Lusterman

    The fans are there for the amazing experience and for the love of the sport. As always we will be camping along Turn 10 with http://www.rvnightly.com