F1: Lewis Hamilton disappointed for fans as Max Verstappen’s march to title rules out thrilling finale

A relatively unlikely set of events may secure the Dutchman his second F1 crown at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, but Hamilton, who has enjoyed his fair share of rides to title glory, is disappointed with the lack of a real title fight.

“Certainly I feel for the fans because for everyone, and even for us last year, going all the way to the wire, it was intense for everyone,” he told reporters.

“So it’s never great when a [title fight] ends early.

He added: “Even when I’ve had the experience of finishing early in places like Mexico…for you as an individual it’s great, but for the sport itself it’s not is not spectacular.

“So I’m really grateful to have had 2008 [go] right down to the last 17 seconds, and obviously last year pretty much the same. Let’s hope for the future that it will go a little better.

Fernando Alonso has backed Verstappen to better his own world title record before equaling his tally of two in the coming weeks.

“There’s still a lot ahead of him, but I wish him better luck than me because I was also 26 with those stats and I still have the same stats at 40!” he remarked.

“But I’m sure with Red Bull and how things look for the future, he’s only going to get better.

“It’s very well deserved. They were by far the best team and the best driver, so when they win I don’t think it’s a big thing, it’s just that they will. Whether here or in Japan, let’s see.

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