In echoes of their season-long title duel, the pair came together in the early stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix, for which stewards deemed Verstappen at fault, giving him a five-second penalty in the process.
The damage sustained dropped the Dutchman towards the back of the grid but he climbed his way back up to sixth as Hamilton finished runner-up to teammate George Russell.
It was the first clash of note between the pair after a myriad last season. After Sunday’s clash, Hamilton said: “It is natural when you have the success and the numbers on your chest that you become a bit of a target. But that’s okay. It’s nothing that I have not dealt with before.”
Verstappen has long since run away to a second straight drivers’ title while Hamilton boast seven drivers’ crowns as well as 103 grand prix victories and 191 podiums.
The Briton is in danger of enduring his first Formula 1 season without a race win heading into the final race weekend in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
In that quest, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff insisted Hamilton would not get preferential treatment from the team.
“Lewis doesn’t need prioritisation,” he said of Hamilton’s target to not endure a win-less season. “That is not something he would want, and he has already said this record is not something which is so important to him.”