Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he feels for the fans with Max Verstappen on the cusp of wrapping up the world championship early at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Last year’s title chase saw Verstappen pip Hamilton on the very last lap of a controversial final race of 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
But Verstappen can clinch his second successive world championship for Red Bull on Sunday night with five races to spare if he claims a sixth consecutive win and his rivals finish down the field.
After some patchy results in the first three races of 2022, after which Verstappen found himself 46 points behind Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, the Dutchman has dominated.
Verstappen has won 11 of 17 races and now has an almost unassailable 116-point lead over Leclerc with just six grands prix to go.
“I definitely feel for the fans because, even for us, last year going right down to the wire was intense for everybody,” said Hamilton, who has struggled all season in his Mercedes and is himself out of the championship running.
“So it’s never great when the season finishes early,” he said.
The 37-year-old Briton said he was “grateful” to have his 2008 season – when he won his first world title –…