Motor racing: Vettel's dominance turns off TV viewers
LONDON (AFP) - German Formula One superstar Sebastian Vettel's coasting to a fourth successive world drivers title last year had an adverse effect on global TV audiences according to figures revealed by the Autosport website on Monday.
The 26-year-old Red Bull driver won 13 of the 19 races in easing to the title.
However, it wasn't to television spectators liking as the total slumped from 500 million in 2012 - when Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso battled it out to the final race - to 450million according to Global Media Report which was published by Formula One Management, who hold the commercial rights to Formula One and produce the images used by broadcasters.
While Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone put the reason for the fall partly down to last season having one race less than the previous year he conceded that Vettel's dominance, especially in the second part of the season when he won nine successive races, as also turning people off.