Lewis Hamilton ‘feels for the fans’ amid Max Verstappen dominance ahead of first title shot at Singapore GP


“For you as an individual it’s great, but for the sport itself it’s not spectacular,” says Lewis Hamilton as Max Verstappen gets his first title shot at the Singapore GP, Watch the whole weekend live on Sky Sports F1, with Friday practice coverage from 10.30am

Last update: 09/29/22 16:29

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Speaking ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said he hoped for a tighter championship in 2023.

Speaking ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said he hoped for a tighter championship in 2023.

Lewis Hamilton says he “feels for the fans” amid Max Verstappen’s dominance of the 2022 Formula 1 season and highlighted his hopes for changes to create a tighter championship next year.

Verstappen will travel to the Singapore GP this weekend, live on Sky Sports F1with his first chance to conclude the defense of his pilots title – and the first coronation in 20 years.

The Dutchman’s dominance, with 11 out of 16 race wins and a huge 116-point buffer for closest challenger Charles Leclerc, is a far cry from last year when Verstappen against Hamilton ended in a wildly controversial final lap at the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

“Certainly I feel for the fans,” Hamilton, who is only sixth in the Championship, said of this season’s title chase.

“For everyone and even for us last year it was intense for everyone and so it’s never great when the season ends early.”

Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes can be competitive this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix. Mercedes' record on the track hasn't been good, but Hamilton hopes that will change this weekend after its overhaul.

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Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes can be competitive this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix. Mercedes’ record on the track hasn’t been good, but Hamilton hopes that will change this weekend after its overhaul.

Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes can be competitive this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix. Mercedes’ record on the track hasn’t been good, but Hamilton hopes that will change this weekend after its overhaul.

Five of Hamilton’s record seven championships have been settled ahead of the final race of the season and the Englishman admitted those weren’t “spectacular” for F1 either.

“When I had the experience of finishing it early in places like Mexico – for you as an individual it’s great, but for real sport it’s not spectacular,” Hamilton said. .

“So I’m really grateful to have had 2008 down to the last 17 seconds, and obviously last year pretty much the same. So hopefully for the future it’s a bit better.”

Sky F1's Natalie Pinkham and Martin Brundle prepare for the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit.

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Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham and Martin Brundle prepare for the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham and Martin Brundle prepare for the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Hamilton wants ‘closer’ to 2023 | Max doesn’t think about the title

Hamilton, who has never failed to win an F1 race in his 15 seasons to date, is still awaiting his 2022 premiere in an underperforming Mercedes, but insists he is “still really enjoying the challenge” to “crack the code”.

He is, however, hoping for changes next year after the drastic overhaul in 2022 – which led to closer races and more overtaking opportunities – has in fact led to Red Bull and Verstappen dominating.

“He didn’t achieve what he was supposed to achieve, so we failed,” Hamilton said. sky sports. “When you fail once, you try again, and if you fail a second time, you keep trying.

Despite being on the verge of winning the championship in Singapore, Red Bull's Max Verstappen refuses to get ahead in his quest for a second world title.

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Despite being on the verge of winning the championship in Singapore, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen refuses to get ahead in his quest for a second world title.

Despite being on the verge of winning the championship in Singapore, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen refuses to get ahead in his quest for a second world title.

“Hopefully more changes will be made to try to bring all the teams closer together and create more equality in the racing space. Hopefully we can all be closer.

“Red Bull have come through this year, they have done a great job.”

Verstappen winning the title – this weekend at least – is unlikely given he needs to win the race and beat Leclerc by 22 points, while also needing Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez to finish on the podium.

Sky F1's Anthony Davidson watches the Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

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Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson watches the Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson watches the Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

He said sky sports he “didn’t really think” of taking the title at Marina Bay, the first of six races to end the season.

“We’re just trying to have a good weekend,” Verstappen said. “Winning here would be nice, but it’s not something I really think about.”

Verstappen is set to claim his second crown after an expected challenge from Ferrari and Charles Leclerc quickly fell.

Williams driver Alex Albon admits he is somewhat surprised to have recovered in time for the Singapore Grand Prix after suffering from appendicitis.

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Williams driver Alex Albon admits he is somewhat surprised to have recovered in time for the Singapore Grand Prix after suffering from appendicitis.

Williams driver Alex Albon admits he is somewhat surprised to have recovered in time for the Singapore Grand Prix after suffering from appendicitis.

“In a way, I wish they were still in the fight,” Verstappen added. “From my side, of course, it’s also good to win in a calmer way.

But I think what’s good to see is that they’re already very competitive this year compared to the past few years, and I think that’s what F1 needed.

“I have to say last year I always started as first or second, this year I started like a long time ago and still won the race, so they were also very rewarding. “

Watch the spectacular Singapore GP lit up live on Sky Sports F1 as Max Verstappen gets his first shot at the title. The race starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with a set-up starting at 11:30 a.m. Get Sky Sports F1.




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