Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he feels sorry for fans amid a period of dominance by Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel has won the previous four races and could clinch his fourth successive title at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Hamilton compared Vettel’s dominance to that of Michael Schumacher.
The German won five successive titles between 2000 and 2004 and only once was the title decided at the final round of the season.
“He has won already unless he doesn’t finish the rest of the races, and even if he doesn’t he has probably still won it,” Hamilton told reporters in Korea.
“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.”
Hamilton, who finished the Korean Grand Prix in fifth place, reckons that he and Fernando Alonso deserve to be closer to Vettel, who picked up his eighth win of the season at Yeongam.
“It’s strange you know?” Hamilton said. “Me and Fernando in fifth and sixth at the end having our own little race, yet we are of a higher calibre than that. We should be further ahead fighting with the world champions at the front and with Sebastian.”
“It was fun battling with Fernando but a disappointing race for us.”