Silverstone boss Patrick Allen says F1 risks becoming a “procession” due to Lewis Hamilton’s recent dominance and called for the Mercedes driver to be pushed harder by his rivals.
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Hamilton has won three of the four races so far this season on the back of his 2014 championship winning year, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel the only other driver to have stood on the top of the podium in 2015.
“My only concern is that if he wins everything by a country mile between now and July, if it becomes a procession, it damages the sport,” Allen is quoted as saying by Reuters.
“So it would be great if Sebastian Vettel could stir things up a bit.”
Hamilton has started every Grand Prix from pole position this season and Allen says the sport may lose fans due to its supposed overreliance on data.
“We mustn’t lose sight of what the fans come here for, and they come here to watch their heroes in a gladiatorial sense, not a guy on a data screen. When it gets to that, we’ve lost the very soul of the sport,” Allen said.
Hamilton won 11 races last season on his way to his first world title since 2008, with his Mercedes team claiming victory in 16 of the 19 Grand Prix’s.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the only other driver outside of the Mercedes pairing of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to have tasted victory in 2014.
The young Australian claimed wins in Canada, Hungary and Belgium.