Mercedes dom­i­nance bad for F1 box ofice

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

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

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