Lewis Hamilton had Nico Rosberg on the ropes just seconds into the Japanese Grand Prix, and he knew it.
He'd negated his team-mate's pole position advantage in a matter of metres, and while Rosberg was trying to hang on around the outside of Suzuka's infamous first turn, he was trapped. Deep breaths in both cockpits. Who would yield?
Sensing the moment of truth would come on the exit of Turn 2, Hamilton accelerated through that second right-hander, maintaining firm position on the inside, a line he knew would carry his car out towards the racing line on a slightly straighter trajectory than usual.