Wolff: Vettel form not exciting
Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff concedes Sebastian Vettel's current domination of Formula One is far from exciting.
After a third successive victory in Singapore at the weekend, following wins in Belgium and Italy, Vettel is firmly on course to clinch his fourth straight world title as he leads closest rival Fernando Alonso by 60 points.
For the health of the sport, hope is naturally being expressed from different observers and neutrals that the major change in regulations from next season shakes up the order.
The likelihood is whichever of the big three manufacturers - Ferrari, Mercedes or Renault (who support Red Bull) - can produce an out-of-the-box winning powertrain will claim the 2014 crown.
Asked whether F1 needed a different winner next season, Wolff joked initially: "For my own well-being on a Sunday evening a different winner would definitely cheer us up more."
Wolff then added: "We've had those years of dominance of certain drivers and teams.
"People said it was boring when Michael (Schumacher) was winning all the time, now people say the same with Sebastian. This is the downside of success.
"Is it bad for the sport? Certainly if one team and one driver is dominant for a long time, that is not the most exciting thing.
"But the reason why I love this sport so much is because you can't cheat yourself, there is a stopwatch
"At the moment they are doing the best job, and this is what the stopwatch says."
Wolff, however, does not believe there will be too much change in the pecking order for next season.
"The performance is being driven by people, and with people staying where they are in the top teams, I don't see there will be a big swing in the balance of power," added Wolff.
"Obviously it could be a bit more of an engine formula next year, but if you look at the structure Ferrari has in Maranello and Renault in Viry, they are equally motivated.
"So I don't see huge differences."
In their fourth year in F1 since their return in 2010, Mercedes have undeniably improved, collecting more points so far this season than in any of their three previous campaigns.
But in trailing Red Bull by 110 points, it would appear Mercedes are now battling with Ferrari for the runner-up spot, which is far from insignificant for Wolff.
With the difference in prize money between second and third in the constructors' championship around £8million, Wolff said: "It is important.
"We have made a step forward and it looks like we are okay for third, but we are still very motivated to be second best."