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Is Sebastian Vettel bad for Formula 1?

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Sunday's Italian Grand Prix was once again all about the ease with which Sebastian Vettel cast aside his rivals and strolled to another 25 points increasing his championship lead to 53 points.

The young German's win at Monza along with wins at Spa and Montreal earlier in the year completed a clean sweep of wins at F1's low downforce venues, circuits traditionally not suited to his Red Bull car in recent years.

Allied to his other wins and huge championship lead, Vettel has become something of a villain among fans who have been booing him on the podium after his wins, so is he becoming bad for F1?

Certainly some fans are becoming frustrated at the way Sebastian is able to get out in front and simply stay there, in Spa he started second got past Lewis Hamilton on the straight after Eau Rouge and was never seen again, the same scenario was played out in Monza, he started on pole got through the first few laps and was simply managing his pace for the rest of the race.

Of course it is not Vettel's fault that he and Red Bull are a dominant package, it is up to the other leading teams to try and close the gap, but with the German-Austrian partnership so strong and with the likelihood of that not changing in the final seven races it does not bode well for the rest of the season.

When Vettel first burst on the F1 scene back in 2008 he became the darling of F1 much like Lewis Hamilton had done the previous year, this young charismatic German with a big smile and amazing speed and everyone loved him.

His win at the Italian Grand Prix that year in the rainy conditions at Monza only promoted his status as the young up and coming hot-rod and that race was one of the biggest fairytale stories until the emergence of Brawn and their dominating 2009 season with Jenson Button.

Vettel's unwavering enthusiasm every time he claims a pole or win as well as the now infamous 'Vettel finger' was again much loved in his early career but as he continues to win and do so comfortably many are becoming rather bored of seeing it.

Again this is not Vettel's fault, every person should be able to show emotion after a win or pole. But the fact some teams like McLaren and Ferrari, who seem very calm over the team radio that is transmitted after each qualifying and race, as compared to Vettel and Red Bull, means it comes across to some as over-the-top.

In many ways then the issue is Vettel has become a victim of his own success, his 32 wins, 27 coming in the last 70 races, and 40 poles, 36 of which in the last 70 races, make him by far and away the most successful driver of the last few years and the fact he appears to be cantering to a fourth straight title also has taken away much of the shine many had for Vettel only four or five years ago.

Maybe there is another factor involved, another German is dominating F1 so soon after another German, Michael Schumacher, did so in the early 2000's, that may have the non-German fans a little peeved.

Of course the British fans were loving it when Lewis Hamilton and then Jenson Button became champions in 2008 and 2009 as were the Spaniards when Fernando Alonso won his two championships and while it must be remembered that fans from these other countries are also enjoying Vettel's success but for many they like to see their own having success and that is not happening.

So to answer the question I asked at the start then, has Sebastian Vettel become bad for Formula 1? Despite all that I have said my answer is no, while he is on track to claim a fourth world title in-a-row only the 2011 title was in many ways Schumacher-esc.

In 2010 he had to rely on circumstances falling his way in Abu Dhabi, they did. In 2012 he had to hold off Fernando Alonso, who at no point had had the fastest car that season, and he did just about after an enthralling race at Interlagos, so he has worked for those titles.

The fact he is getting booed on podiums and quite a few haters among the F1 fanbase is also in my opinion, quite good for F1. Every good story has a villain.

But most of the time that villain rarely wins - on this occasion the villain rarely does anything else but.

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