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Mercedes domination of Formula 1 is making the sport boring

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Two drivers and one manufacturer dominated the 2014 Formula One season. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and the silver machine team Mercedes.

The only exciting part of the whole season was the battle to see if Lewis Hamilton could overcome some serious bad luck and a few interesting manoeuvres on the part of his teammate Nico Rosberg.

Eventually, justice was seen to be done and Lewis Hamilton deservedly became world champion. Now, fast forward to the current 2015 season and very little if anything has changed.

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Mercedes are still dominating, and Lewis Hamilton sits at the top of the driver’s championship table, leading by 17 points from his team-mate Nico Rosberg and we are only seven races into the season.

As for the constructor’s championship, Mercedes are already 105 points clear of their nearest rivals Ferrari. It is becoming very clear that spectators are beginning to find the whole Formula One circus pretty boring, as they are paying top dollar to travel to and to watch the Grand Prix’s around the world, and in all honesty they are not getting to watch any motor racing. They are watching 20 cars, being driven around for about an hour and three quarters on a Sunday in single file with overtaking manoeuvres being kept to a minimum. Paying spectators need excitement, and they want to watch overtaking, late braking, no lift and coast procedures, as many tyre changes as a team wants to make, and certainly no team orders. Let the drivers race, as that is what they are, racing drivers, not Sunday afternoon drivers like you and I. It would also help the sport if the teams were as much as possible, on a level playing field as far as the finances are concerned, which is certainly not the case at the moment. The sad reality is that the drivers are not enjoying the current F1. They are not being tested sufficiently. Yes, the cars are hard to drive. They remain the fastest and most sophisticated racing cars in the world, but they are not difficult enough - either physically or mentally. Lewis Hamilton admitted as much after his recent Canadian GP win, when he said that he was not even stressed, that it was not difficult.

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