Formula One 2012: the highlights
Come with us on a journey through one of the best F1 seasons in living memory…
Posted: 29 Nov 2012
Lewis breaks down in Singapore
Having won in Monza, Lewis Hamilton started F1's ‘Asian series' in contention.
By the time the teams left India, Sebastian Vettel having won all four races, he was out of it and heading out of the McLaren team. The breakdown while comfortably leading in Singapore seemed to have been the final straw; anywhere, anywhere had to be better than McLaren. Even Mercedes.
McLaren could have, possibly should have, won both titles this year. Its drivers won seven of the record 20 races. Its car was the fastest on the first day of the season, fastest on the last day. It's what happened in between, a proper F1 omnishambles, that meant third in the constructors, fourth and fifth in the drivers and a team immeasurably weaker for losing Hamilton, who we still believe is the fastest out there.