Hamilton had a 14-point lead coming into the weekend, but after finishing seventh, dropped to second in the championship, with Mercedes taking a huge hit in the team’s standings too, as Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire from second place mid-race.
With Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez finishing fourth, Red Bull now lead the way for both the driver’s and the constructor’s titles respectively.
In the build up to the weekend, the games had begun in the press conference, with Hamilton claiming Verstappen had ‘a lot to prove’ in Formula One, something the Dutchman dismissed.
“We’ve had some good races also. There are 18 races to go. I’m not going to [say more]. It’s childish in the end when you start getting into a war of words.”
Verstappen now has a four-point cushion to Hamilton in the standings, with Lando Norris in the McLaren now leapfrogging Bottas for third place.
“It was not a great weekend but I don’t feel like I am dwelling on it,” added Hamilton. “There is a lot we could have done better in terms of our preparation.
“But there is no point getting depressed about it. We have to look at the data and find out why we are in this position.
“Naturally, we all want answers within the team and I know everyone will be working flat-out so this weekend doesn’t happen again.
“We have shown time and time again that we can bounce back so I am not too emotional at present.”
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