Silverstone circuit managing director Patrick Allen says he fears for the future of Formula 1 if it loses sight of what fans want to see on track, rather than what occurs behind the scenes.

Though the British Grand Prix is in rude health with the most recent success of 2014 champion and current series leader Lewis Hamilton driving ticket sales, Allen is concerned that it threatens to become too predictable by the time the 2015 race comes around.

"My only concern is that if he wins everything by a country mile between now and July, if it becomes a procession, it damages the sport," he told the Guardian. "So it would be great if Sebastian Vettel could stir things up a bit."

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"If I can predict, before I get out of bed, that Lewis will win by four seconds, followed by Rosberg followed by Vettel followed by Raikkonen followed by Bottas followed by Massa, and that's every race, then the product isn't good enough."

Indeed, Allen feels the strides F1 has made technologically means it has lost sight of the on-track jousting that spectators have otherwise come to expect, adding that there is a risk technical directors become more important than the drivers.

"My opinion is we need a sport that's a bit more exciting than that. We mustn't lose sight of what the fans come here for, and they come here to watch their heroes in a gladiatorial sense, not a guy on a data screen. When it gets to that, we've lost the very soul of the sport.

"If the car is always about technical expertise and reliability then we might as well have the technical directors up on the podium.

"I don't know what the answer is but my feeling is that it's not as exciting as it could be. It's more about the technical development of the car and not about the drivers' skill."


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Agree with you and @Matt2, but the engine and gearbox rules do mean we get to see a lot more cars racing, than 10/15 years ago, when so many broke down, they were made for one race, ie on the edge of reliability, it did ruin a lot of GP, and it does save money, helpful for new teams coming in.