Mercedes dominance bad for F1 box ofice
Lewis Hamilton cut short his celebrations after winning the Spanish Grand Prix to warn that Mercedes’ dominance could be a menace to Formula One’s box office appeal.
The defending five-time world champion seized the initiative at the start of Sunday’s race and then cruised to his 76th career victory ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who had started in pole position.
It was the Mercedes pairing’s fifth consecutive one-two finish and left rivals Ferrari floundering in pursuit.
Having hoped to see a Ferrari renaissance at the Circuit de Catalunya, where they were so dominant in pre-season testing, Hamilton was disappointed again at their lack of pace, which, almost incredibly, prompted paddock talk of the Silver Arrows winning all 21 races.
Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid and then took a stranglehold on the race in such fashion that some observers talked of them being ‘the invincibles’ with 16 races remaining including the classic Monaco Grand Prix later this month.
Hamilton is hopeful that for the sake of the sport, any such scenario never happens.
“The biggest threat is always the person that’s closest to you,” he said. “And that person is Valtteri, but it still feels too early ...”
“It’s not as much fun, for sure, as when you are competing against another team. That’s what F1 is about. “That’s the exciting part, when you arrive and you’re competing against one or two other teams who are also bringing their A-game. Naturally in those teams, that’s another two drivers.”
“That’s the exciting part, when you arrive and you’re competing against one or two other teams who are also bringing their A-game. Naturally in those teams, that’s another two drivers