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.