There is no better way to prove you are not merely the young number two driver to a triple Formula 1 world champion than single-handedly defeating your quicker rivals to score your first grand prix victory, utterly obliterating your decorated team-mate in the process.
Amid an electrifying start to F1 2017, with Ferrari and Mercedes closely matched at the front, and Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel the class of the field over the first three races of the campaign, Mercedes new boy Valtteri Bottas has found himself facing difficult questions about the likelihood of having to play faithful rear gunner in a fight between two legends of modern Formula 1.
But Bottas believes he is so much more than that. In his mind, he knows he can compete with the very best in grand prix racing. He hasn't come to Mercedes to give Hamilton an easy ride and support his quest for a fourth world championship. Bottas has come here to win for himself, and win big.