The seven-time champion clearly had the stronger race pace throughout the Grand Prix, but, owing to a combination of Max's fast start and a circuit that is massively hard to overtake on, he was finding it hard to get by and reclaim the lead.
Indeed, it wasn't something he would do until lap 60 as he swept past at turn one, completing a superb drive from 20 or so seconds back after his Mercedes team opted to pit again and get him on a far fresher set of tyres.
Ultimately, it was Hamilton that took the chequered flag first on Sunday afternoon, but he did spend most of his race staring at the back of Verstappen's Red Bull car, with the pair separated by give or take a second for large swathes of the Grand Prix.
And, ever the man looking for advantages and things he can learn, Hamilton revealed that during his spell in second place, he picked up a few things about his opponent's driving style and car.
Quoted by the official F1 website after the race, Hamilton explained: "It was actually a really good day.
"I learned a lot about Max today and perhaps more than all the other races probably put together.
"When you’re with people on track... you get to see different things and you can follow closely.
"Obviously I was following relatively closely and I learned a lot about his car and learned a lot about how he uses it. So that was a good race in that respect."
This, among several other reasons, is why Hamilton is one of the most complete drivers we've ever seen in the sport.
The immense attention to detail he puts into every aspect and the ability to use any opportunity to try and learn and give himself an advantage for the fight ahead is something few drivers can really say they would be able to do.
Certainly, the Merc driver is looking as strong as ever at the moment and Red Bull and Verstappen will be desperate to upset their building momentum at Monaco in a couple of weeks.News Now - Sport News