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Singapore GP Pole Shows Sebastian Vettel Is Still Fastest F1 Driver over 1 Lap

It was at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2012 where Lewis Hamilton's love story with Mercedes first began. Pole position at Marina Bay, a fortnight after his third win of the campaign at Monza, appeared to paper over the cracks forming in his increasingly strained relationship with McLaren. But his retirement from the lead of the race after just 22 laps widened those cracks beyond repair—it wasn't the first time his car had ruined his good work that year. As he walked away and into the shadows, Hamilton knew this was the final straw, that the people who turned him into the youngest-ever world champion just four years earlier were now obstructing him from further success. Mercedes knew it too and acted quickly and opportunistically,...

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