Lewis Hamilton demands he isn’t at fault for dominating Formula One, rather pointing his finger at the sport’s bosses for drawing up the standards.
Hamilton traveled to his fifth success in seven races at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix on his inescapable march towards equalling Michael Schumacher’s record title haul.
The six-time world champion is presently 47 points away from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 50 in front of Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton and his all-vanquishing Mercedes machine are in a class of one this season, and his decided triumph at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit denoted the 89th of his career, taking him to within two of Schumacher’s triumph record. His probably title win this season will be his 6th in seven astounding years.
However, reacting to claims that his dominance could be a turn-off for the sport, Hamilton stated: “Fans need to understand this is not our fault. As drivers, we come through the ranks and we earn the positions we have.
“We come in to each weekend devoted and give absolutely everything to perform at our best.
“The decision-makers who design the cars and set the rules are the ones to apply the pressure to, to do a better job.
“I am hopeful that is what will happen in 2022 when the regulations change, we have a new type of car, and we will see a different form of racing where we can follow closely and have closer races.”
Until further notice, and most likely for all of one year from now, as well, Hamilton is almost untouchable. He qualified half-a-second faster than any other individual before leading each lap at Spa-Francorchamps.
A success at Monza on Sunday followed by triumph at the Tuscan Grand Prix seven days after the fact will take him level with Schumacher’s triumph record.
The incomparable German re-wrote Formula One’s record books by winning 72 of his 91 races and five consecutive titles while driving for Ferrari when the new century rolled over. Hamilton’s own stranglehold on the sport is transforming into a carbon-copy of Schumacher’s dominant, but tedious, run.
“I cannot speak for the fans now, but having been a fan and growing up through different eras, the Schumacher era for example, I know what it is like,” added Hamilton.
“I was a teenager back then. I would have woken up, eaten my bacon sandwich, watched the start, gone to sleep and then got up again to watch the end of the race.
“If I was watching as a fan today, I would have done the same thing and just tuned in for the highlights. I can imagine it was definitely not the most exciting race for those watching.”