Daniel Ricciardo says the title showdown that will take place in Abu Dhabi between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is a "dream scenario" for F1.
Many championship battles in F1 have gone down to the wire in the past, but next weekend's title climax will be only the second time in Grand Prix racing's history that two drivers will enter the final round level on points.
The first time such a scenario unfolded was at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1974, when McLaren's Emerson Fittipaldi defeated Ferrari's Clay Regazzoni by just three points.
"It's what you hope for every year in this sport," said the McLaren driver, quoted by Motorsport.com. "You want a battle like this.
"You have got the veteran record holder on the one hand, and then the youngest ever winner on the other.
"It is a really cool battle and it is a great story. Obviously they are going toe-to-toe, and it is real genuine battle."
Ricciardo admitted to being envious of his rivals' opportunity to duke it out for F1's supreme prize.
But for fans, the battle between Verstappen and Hamilton will be a spectacle to behold.
"I have some envy not being a part of it, but ultimately for the sport and as a fan of the sport, it is a dream scenario," added the eight-time Grand Prix winner.
"It is the highest-pressure scenario as they are both on equal points.
"Ultimately who wins next week will win. It’s cool, and as a fan, it is awesome. Just when you think Netflix can’t get anymore exciting!"