Lewis Hamilton has stated that it is 'inevitable' that Mercedes will catch Red Bull at some point, admitting that he could 'almost taste' victory last time out in Austin.
A disqualification for Hamilton - and Charles Leclerc - at the US Grand Prix ultimately saw both drivers walk away with nothing from the race.
Yet in the final few laps at the Circuit of the Americas, the Mercedes star was looking as though he would rival Max Verstappen for an elusive Silver Arrows win.
And although the Dutchman himself was struggling with his brakes in his RB19, it was the first time in a long time where Red Bull appeared to show a small sign of vulnerability.
Ahead of this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, Hamilton has revealed just how much he missed being in contention for a race win.
Hamilton: I could taste victory in Austin
“We were very close, I could almost taste it in the last one,” he told the media in Mexico. “I think had we got the strategy right, I would have been a lot closer to having that win.
“But doesn't matter anyway, because we would have been thrown out. I can't really recall how much I miss it. It's been a couple of years.
“I've enjoyed the process and the journey that I've been on with my team in terms of trying to get the car back to where we need to be, naturally at the end of the season, you're going to get a bit closer when they're standing still, they're not developing, they haven't been developing for ages.
“So it's inevitable, we're going to catch them, we were going to catch them at some point. The key is to try and make sure we're not 1.5 seconds slower at race one again."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.