Hamilton, though, laughed off the comments as he said: “I’m not playing mind games.
"It’s interesting what Christian comes out with but I don’t get that to be honest. They did a great job over the weekend and that’s that.
“We’ve had some good races also but as I said, there are 18 races to go so it’s just childish in the end when you start getting into a war of words.”
Verstappen title fight no different to any other
Since Nico Rosberg retired as world champion at the end of the 2016 season, Hamilton has not faced a sustained title fight across an entire season with neither Sebastian Vettel nor Valtteri Bottas able to last the distance.
After surrendering the championship lead to Verstappen, Hamilton was asked if this battle could be his toughest yet.
“I’ve been racing since I was eight years old," he added. "Each one [title fight] is different in its own way but I don’t think it's worse or better. It’s going to be tough.
“I told you at the beginning that they’ve got a championship-winning car and they’re going to be very hard to beat.
"I’ve been serious about it all year, all these races and we’ve won races which we shouldn’t have won like in Bahrain but it’s not over. There’s a long way to go."
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