Verstappen handed F1 title rival Charles Leclerc twice on his approach to claiming an epic fightback victory in Sunday’s race on the Hungaroring, after engine hassle in Q3 left him tenth on the grid.
The Pink Bull driver’s exceptional cost was aided by a technique shocker from Ferrari, earlier than Verstappen eased to his eighth victory of the season to increase his world championship lead over Leclerc to 80 factors.
Verstappen completed 10 seconds away from Hamilton, who staged his personal restoration from seventh after his DRS failed in qualifying to say a powerful second.
“In case you take a look at Max’s race – he began tenth, spun, and nonetheless gained the race,” Hamilton stated after the race. “That claims just about all the pieces about his automotive.”
Requested if he thinks a win is now doable this season, Hamilton responded: “I hope so. It’s what we’re working in direction of.
“I believe this weekend there was potential for a win. You noticed George on pole. I believe if we had each been up there we might have in all probability labored a bit higher as a group. Certainly one of us would have been in a position to help one another strategy-wise.
“However I believe if we’re in a position to take this tempo into the second half of the season, for certain, we are able to begin to combat with the fellows. That is the primary time that we’ve been in a position to combat and battle with a Ferrari – that’s big for us.
“I believe the Pink Bulls in all probability nonetheless are forward. The truth that Max began tenth, spun and nonetheless completed 10 seconds forward says sufficient about their automotive however I believe we nonetheless have made big progress and large steps.
“To have this consistency and two double podiums within the final two races, offers us nice hope and an enormous push for the second half.”
Hamilton’s cost to second was helped by working an offset technique that noticed him run two stints on the medium tyre earlier than switching to the sooner softs for the ultimate levels.
The seven-time world champion instructed he might have challenged Verstappen for the win if he began the race on softs.
“I might say in all probability going longer in that second stint, giving me the choice to then go to the softer tyre on the finish,” he stated when requested what the important thing second of his race was.
“That offset that I enabled myself to get, I believe in all probability the race was misplaced with that first stint on the medium tyre. However the second and third a part of the race was fairly epic.”
Hamilton added: “If we had began the place we should always have began with out the issue yesterday, I believe we might have then been in a a lot better place to race Max right now.”