Nico Rosberg has faced down a four-race Lewis Hamilton winning streak before, and lived to tell the tale. Back in May, he headed to Monaco having lost the world championship lead to a charging team-mate who was starting to look unbeatable.
Say what you want about what happened in Monte Carlo six months ago - with Rosberg's controversial off during qualifying denying his team-mate the opportunity to challenge for a crucial pole position - but you cannot deny that he found a way to turn it around.
Rosberg headed to Austin's Circuit of the Americas in a similar position. Hamilton had won the previous four races, in doing so turning a 29-point deficit into a 17-point advantage. The German did half the job, taking pole position after Hamilton suffered from a brake problem in qualifying, but he couldn't complete it.