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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Early championship conclusions 'never great' for F1

Lewis Hamilton has sympathised with F1 fans and believes that Drivers' Championships that are decided before the final race are 'never great' for the sport.

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With Max Verstappen on the verge of a second F1 Drivers' Championship, Lewis Hamilton believes that it is "a shame" when championship battles are concluded before the end of the season.

Red Bull's Verstappen currently leads the Drivers' Championship by 116 points over Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and, if results fall his way, he will secure a second title in Singapore.

The season had threatened to be a contest between Red Bull and Ferrari but, with the latter failing to secure a win in the last five races, Red Bull and Verstappen are now the firm favourites for both championships.

The second half of the 2022 season has turned into a dominant one for Red Bull, with Verstappen aiming for his sixth win in a row in Singapore.

When asked about the spectacle of the 2022 season potentially being concluded with five races to go, Mercedes' Hamilton expressed his sympathy to the fans.

Hamilton sympathetic on early championship conclusion

"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, including RacingNews365.com.

"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."

Seven-time World Champion Hamilton has been directly involved in six championship final race 'deciders': 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2021.

Of his seven title-winning seasons, five were decided before the final race: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

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