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Ecclestone Says Vettel’s F-1 Dominance Isn’t Hurting TV Ratings

Sebastian Vettel’s dominance of Formula One, which has provoked jeers from Belgium to Singapore, isn’t eroding television audience ratings, according to series Chief Executive Officer Bernie Ecclestone.

Vettel, who won the last five races with Red Bull Racing, can secure a fourth straight championship on Oct. 27 in New Delhi with a top-five finish. After Michael Schumacher clinched the 2002 title with six races left, TV ratings fell by one-third in parts of Europe and Formula One changed rules on qualifying and point scoring.