Verstappen won in Austria with thanks to a late overtake on Leclerc, which saw the Dutchman barge his way up the inside and leave the Ferrari off-track, although the stewards saw it as a racing incident not worthy of punishment.
The pair were once again in close quarters at the British GP, but Leclerc was far more fearsome this time around, slamming the door shut on Verstappen on several occasions, including at Stowe corner as both drivers hurtled along at over 150mph.
Verstappen eventually got away from Leclerc after the mid-race safety car, only to suffer a collision with Sebastian Vettel which let Leclerc back through to take a fourth podium finish in succession.
The Dutchman was happy to go through round two with Leclerc, whom he believed to be more motivated by his Spielberg reverse.
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