“The last few laps were tough. I was a bit sideways through the high-speed corners but super happy of course to hang on.”
Hamilton not heads into the Mexico Grand Prix needing to finish ahead of Verstappen to claw back some points.
And the 36-year-old accepts that Red Bull had the “upper hand” this weekend in Austin.
“It was such a tough race. I got a good start, gave it absolutely everything but at the end of the day, they just had the upper hand this weekend and we couldn’t really have asked for more,” he said.
“A big thank you to my team, great work through the weekend.”