Pressure is a funny thing. Some thrive under it, others fold. The Japanese Grand Prix laid bare the difference between a secure Mercedes team on the brink of yet another world championship double and an insecure Ferrari squad seemingly intent on self-sabotage.
Lewis Hamilton's accomplished victory, taking pole position, leading every lap and only being denied a 'grand slam' by Sebastian Vettel's pace on the penultimate lap, was immaculate.
But for Vettel, fastest lap was the most feeble of consolation prizes as he finished sixth at the end of a weekend of mishaps both for himself and Ferrari.