Hamilton and Verstappen need perfection to beat each other
Singapore is never spoken about in the same terms of Silverstone or Suzuka when it comes to driver skill. Friday practice suggests that things could change this weekend if we see a straight fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen
Singapore's Marina Bay is rarely talked about as a great driver track, but it should be.
It's an unforgiving, bumpy, old-school street circuit that rewards commitment but punishes even small errors. This makes it a great setting for a possible head-to-head between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, especially with the pair separated by just 0.187 seconds so far this weekend.
After Friday practice, Mercedes appears to hold the advantage but Verstappen wasn't far behind. Whereas at some tracks, even a disadvantage of a tenth can doom a team's hope of pole position, at the Marina Bay circuit margins can be a lot bigger and the swings caused by a perfect lap are easily sizeable enough to cover a gap that would be insurmountable at many other tracks.
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