The United States Grand Prix on Sunday presented the first opportunity for Lewis Hamilton to claim the world title for the fifth time, yet, the eventual outcome this weekend meant he has to wait at least until next week to achieve the feat.
Starting on pole position, the 33-year-old right away lost the lead to Kimi Raikkonen and always seemed to be a step behind the Finnish driver throughout the race.
Raikkonen went on to win the race - which was his first victory since March 2013 in Australia, when he was driving for Lotus.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who started the race in 18th, had a brilliant outing in Austin as he secured the second spot on the podium while Hamilton had to settle for third.
Meanwhile, title challenger Sebastian Vettel suffered a huge setback early on as he spun battling with Daniel Ricciardo, but still managed to salvage a fourth-place finish.
Pit stops played a vital role in the outcome of the race, with Hamilton forced to switch to a two-stop strategy after enduring grip problems.
Ferrari timed their stops for Raikkonen to perfection as the former world champion rolled back the years to drive home to register the 21st win of his career.
However, one particular incident was almost impossible to ignore while watching the race unfold.
On the ninth lap, with Hamilton battling Raikkonen for the lead and the commentators confirming the stewards’ decision on the Ricciardo-Vettel clash, someone was heard on the microphone mimicking the sound of the F1 cars.
And literally everyone was a little bit baffled - even commentator David Croft.
After the race, Crofty appeared to confirm the source of the sound effects was an over-excited fan.
Hamilton now leads Vettel by 70 points but will get another opportunity to wrap up the title when the Mexican GP gets underway next weekend.