But, saying that Hamilton will really not want Ferrari and Vettel's confidence to grow any further with another win in China this weekend.
The sport's race director, Charlie Whiting, has confirmed F1's governing body are looking into recent issues with loose or incorrectly-fitted wheels after McLaren in pre-season and then Haas and Ferrari respectively at the season's opening two rounds ran into stoppages.
They may be at opposite ends of their careers, but their rivalry is fast shaping up to be a defining one of this era. "That's the only way I can see it. Like I said, those things happen".
Hamilton is going for a record sixth Chinese Grand Prix win this week with Mercedes aiming to bounce back after Ferrari's two consecutive victories. Would he race Verstappen differently in the future?
The duo were coming down the start-finish straight when Verstappen pulled alongside the Mercedes and tried to pass him from the inside.
Hamilton said: "We performed well but Ferrari outperformed us".
"We all need to be performing at our utmost and it's even more crucial this year as it's magnified because we are so close". "It is good in sport to see some emotion", he said. The Chinese GP in the recent years has been dominated by the Mercedes.
Then in Bahrain he started ninth on the grid after being hit with a penalty when he needed a gearbox change because of a hydraulic leak. Of course, if Hamilton's career as a designer takes off, there could be room for both. Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton still managed to take second and third place for Mercedes. "I was just trying to overtake a car and I think it was a fair chance - I went for it", he added. I looked at the replay again and my opinion hasn't changed. After this incident I didn't.
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"Whoever's fault it was it doesn't matter".
"Hopefully that sign of respect. helps you kind of turn the page and move forward". "He acknowledged me so..."
"You would have less fun stuff to write about", he said.
"I went through that stuff when I was a young guy", the 33-year-old Hamilton said a few days ago. But I don't think it's great us. Well at least not yet, as events conspired to deny him in the first two races.
"It's such a learning process, being with all the pressure, being in a top team". In (ice) hockey they don't mind if they have punch-ups, it's cool.
If they do not have a perfect weekend they are beatable. Whatever you do is either right or wrong, according to the outcome. It really draws you in, as it goes on a long time after a really fast entry. Disrupting the early season success of the Brawn team, Vettel led home teammate Mark Webber for the team's first one-two finish. Like I said, sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad.
Asked why he felt Hamilton had blamed him, the Dutch driver replied: "Why?" But in China the Merc should have an advantage and Hamilton has won five times here.