But Verstappen seemed to catch Hamilton napping, and swept round the outside of the Mercedes into turn 1 in an audacious move on the Briton.
The Dutchman held his nerve and moved up to second, something that left Hamilton furious at himself.
“It was interesting, because I was focusing naturally no Valtteri and literally just for a split second I looked in my mirror to see where Max was, and literally in that split second, that’s when Valtteri went,” Hamilton said.
“And then I was in Valtteri’s tow,” Hamilton explained, turning to Verstappen to his left and continued: “You were about to pull out and I pulled out and gave you Valtteri’s tow.
“I was like ‘You idiot’ to myself, you know. So then after that, being behind the two – what a great track.
“It enabled us to fight close in that first stint, and I think that’s really what the fans want. i think that’s definitely what I want from a racing point of view.
“And this track is really great because you can have certain different lines at certain corners, a bit like Austin so it was really awesome.”
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“But as you can see, it’s a great fight between Mercedes and Red Bull, and I’m sure also down the field, and I think it’s clear we’re going to pushing each other until the last race, we’re going to be sick of each other at the end I imagine, or at least sick of racing because there’s so many races.”
Hamilton won in Portugal with Verstappen second and Bottas third.
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