After three weeks of rest, Formula 1 will be back on track this weekend at Marina Bay, Singapore. Ahead of the weekend, Lewis Hamilton has taken stock of what could happen.
Max Verstappen should be able to secure the arithmetic certainty of his second career world title, even with five Grands Prix to spare, if he manages to close the race with 138 points ahead of the second driver in the championship (not impossible, given the current 116 points over Charles Leclerc).
While Verstappen fans might appreciate an early victory, which would make everyone more relaxed, on the other hand there might a lack of show, as the 7-time world champion suggested:
"From my point of view, I'm not really thinking much about [Verstappen sealing his second consecutive title].
"Definitely, I feel for the fans. For everyone and even for us last year, going right down to the wire, that was intense for everybody," Hamilton explained.
"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 one individual, it's great. But for the actual sport, it's not spectacular.
"I'm really grateful to have had like 2008 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."
Hamilton then talked about his season, certainly one of the most difficult since driving for Mercedes:
"For me, I'm still enjoying the challenge and I am proud of the strength and the growth within our team in terms of the relationships, in terms of our focus.
"Just seeing how hard everyone works in a team is for me is the most inspiring thing," he said.
"They go from the racetrack, fly over Sunday night, they're in the office on Monday, trying to come up with solutions, trying to crack the code.
"That's really impressive because it's just relentless this season. I know everyone is looking forward to the break," he concluded.