That has co-existed with 14 Verstappen victories and two for Sergio Perez so far in 2023.
Now, heading into Sunday's race, Hamilton is hoping that both Verstappen and Perez stay behind what's shaping up to be an exciting battle out in front.
“That was a really fun race," he said after his podium in the sprint race.
"Good start down to turn one, and good battle with Charles and then I was trying early on to get closer to Max.
"Their pace is just undeniable at the moment, but I’m happy we're a little bit closer, we’ve still got a long way to be able to do the pace he [Max] was doing throughout the race. Nonetheless, I’m really happy to be on the podium.
“I think that will be helpful for us at the front. I think ultimately, we’ll be breathing down their necks before too long with the pace that he had today.
"I think that’ll open up for a good fight with Charles and Lando. We’re all quite similar in pace, so hopefully we get to have good battles tomorrow. If we can all keep Max behind, that would be awesome, but if not, no worries."
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