Lewis Hamilton admits the pressure is now firmly on in the wake of his recent victory in Canada.
Hamilton finally took the chequered flag this season 10 days ago in Montreal, extending a new Formula One record for different winners to seven from the opening seven grands prix.
The 27-year-old's 18th triumph of his F1 career also allowed him to regain the lead of the drivers' championship, albeit just two points ahead of Fernando Alonso and three to Sebastian Vettel.
But with 13 races remaining, Hamilton is aware it means little at this stage of the campaign, particularly given the rollercoaster ride to date as the title picture has changed after each race.
McLaren star Hamilton said: "My win in Montreal was obviously an extremely satisfying moment for me, but it does very little to alter things in the world championship.
"While it's always pleasing to be leading the championship, I'm only two points ahead of Fernando.
"That's nothing, particularly when there are a handful of really strong drivers all separated by a couple of points, so there's still everything to play for."
As one of only two drivers to claim points from every race this year - Ferrari's Alonso the other - Hamilton knows the importance of keeping the tally ticking over.
"The intensity of this year's championship means there's so little breathing space," added Hamilton.
"We may have won in Canada, but there's an enormous amount of pressure to keep racking up good results at every grand prix.
"I think consistency, rather than individual strong results, will be the key to winning this world championship, so we need to back it up in Valencia with another strong result."
But such are the vagaries of the season it makes it impossible to forecast who will be strong in this weekend's European Grand Prix as F1 makes its second visit to Spain in a few weeks.
Hamilton said: "People are always asking me to predict what will happen at the next race. I always tell them it's really difficult to make an accurate prediction.
"But I'll be heading to Valencia feeling super-motivated to get another strong result and maintain my momentum before we head into Silverstone and the British Grand Prix."
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes the smallest amount of time gained could make the biggest difference come the conclusion to the tightest of battles at present.
"Victory in Montreal was extremely satisfying," said Whitmarsh.
"While you're only as good as your last result in F1, it's done nothing to quell our determination ahead of the European Grand Prix.
"Given the delta between ourselves, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull Racing is so narrow, we'll again be pushing hard on both our operational and technical fronts to ensure we stay at the front.
"As always, we aim to bring at least an additional one-tenth (of a second) laptime benefit to each race, and we're pushing hard to ensure we can over-deliver on that on as regular a basis as possible.
"It may sound like a negligible increment, but it could prove to be the difference between winning and losing the world championship."
On that basis, Whitmarsh has echoed Hamilton's words when it comes to consistency.
He added: "It's certainly feasible this year's title could be won by a driver who scores only two or three grand prix wins, but who reinforces those victories with the most consistently solid approach.
"So whereas in previous years there was an emphasis on the 'big' results, this year it seems minor points placings could provide a decisive edge in the title battle."