Jenson Button assures Formula 1 fans that there will still be plenty of excitement, and some great racing, over the remainder of 2011, even though Sebastian Vettel has all but secured his second championship.
Vettel's triumph in the Italian Grand Prix lifted him 112 points clear of his nearest challenger, and a good result in the next race in Singapore would be enough for him to clinch the title. For his pursuers, they know it will take a miracle for Vettel's gap to be closed down – but Button does not see that as a reason for drivers or fans to switch off.
Speaking to Britain's Press Association about if the title was now a lost cause, Button said: "Yeah, there's no chance. We've known that for a little while, but as drivers you want a bit of hope. It won't change anything though.
"We're still going to have amazing racing, like it has been in the last few races. Whatever we do, because we are racers, competitive, be it driving in F1, karting or triathlons, you want to win.
"That doesn't suddenly change because there's no championship to win. You still want to win every race. The emotion when you cross the line to win a grand prix is...it's very different than winning a World Championship.
"You build up to win a World Championship, whereas a race is just there. Suddenly you've won and it's such an amazing experience. So the racing is still going to be great, and that's what we love."
For Vettel's rivals, the biggest interest now is in finishing as runner-up in the championship, with just 14 points separating Fernando Alonso who is second overall and Lewis Hamilton who is fifth in the standings.