Singapore Speed Trap: who is the fastest of them all?

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As a high-downforce circuit, Singapore's Marina Bay logically puts the emphasis on cornering speeds rather than straight-line pace.

The track provides drivers with many challenges but the velocity down Ruffles Boulevard is lower than at Monaco, which mitigates therefore the importance of top speed.

And that's reflected in the speed trap readings where only about 8 mph separates the fastest and slowest cars in a straight line.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, as well as McLaren's Carlos Sainz, all clocked in with the exact same top speed of 308.3 mph.

That's a couple of mph lower than last year, while this year's overall pole, secured by Leclerc in 1m36.217 was also a tad slower than Hamilton's 1m36.015s flyer from 2018.

Why are cars a bit slower this year you ask? Perhaps it's a blend of aero changes, conditions and tyres…

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