Britain’s former world champion Lewis Hamilton says he fears Formula 1 fans will lose interest in the sport because Sebastian Vettel is so dominant.
Vettel, 26, is on the brink of a fourth consecutive world championship after winning the Korean Grand Prix.
Hamilton said he did not watch races when Michael Schumacher dominated.
“I remember waking up to watch the start of the race then going to sleep and waking up when it ended because I knew what would happen,” said Hamilton.
“I am pretty sure a lot of people are doing that today.”
Vettel can secure the title at the Japanese Grand Prix if he wins at Suzuka and rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari is lower than eighth.
Hamilton, who has fallen to fourth in the standings, insists the Red Bull driver deserves to win the title.
“He has driven well all year,” said the 28-year-old. “I’ve just looked at his points and he has had second, first, second, first all year. He’s done the perfect job and he deserves it.”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Vettel deserves to be ranked alongside the greatest drivers of all time.
“He has to be right up there – he has to be,” said Horner.
“The level he is performing at is unbelievable in many respects.
“We know Mark [Webber, his Red Bull team-mate] is a very talented and quick racing driver and matching him against that, he has been hugely impressive.
“What has been really impressive is he has continued to grow and improve as he has gained more experience, and to have won the ratio of races he has is remarkable.”