Lewis Hamilton has expressed sympathy for Formula One supporters and thinks it is “never great” for the motor racing when the Drivers’ Championship is decided before the last race.
Lewis Hamilton thinks it is “a pity” when championship races are decided before the end of last season, especially with Max Verstappen poised to win a second F1 Drivers’ Championship.
Verstappen of Red Bull presently has a 116-point lead over Charles Leclerc of Ferrari in the Drivers’ Championship, and if things go his way in Singapore, he will win his second victory.
Red Bull and Ferrari had been expected to compete for both championships throughout the season, but after the latter failed to win any of the last 5 races, Red Bull and Verstappen are presently the top contenders.
Verstappen is going for his sixth consecutive victory in Singapore as Red Bull dominates the second half of the 2022 season.
In response to a question regarding the spectacle of the 2022 season possibly ending with 5 races remaining, Mercedes’ Hamilton shared his sympathy to the supporters.
Hamilton is sympathetic about the early end to the championship
“I feel for the fans, because for everyone, and even for us last year, going right down to the wire, that was intense for everybody,” Hamilton told media.
“It’s never great when the season finishes early. Even when I’ve experienced having it finish early in places like Mexico.
“For you as the individual it’s great, but for the actual sport it’s not spectacular.
“I’m really grateful to have had 2008 [season come] right down to the last 17 seconds, and obviously last year, pretty much the same thing.
“Let’s hope for the future that it’s a bit better.”
The six championship last races that served as “deciders” for Hamilton, a seven-time World Champion, took place in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2021.
Of his seven championship-winning seasons, five were determined before the last race: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
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