But he completed a remarkable comeback in Sunday’s race, picking up his first win since September to claw back some points in his fight with Verstappen.
There was a contentious moment between the two championship rivals on the track as Hamilton looked to overtake Verstappen.
On lap 48, Verstappen appeared to open his steering as Hamilton approached on the outside, forcing them both off the track.
The FIA declined to investigate the incident further at the time, leading to frustrations from the Mercedes garage.
But FIA race director Michael Masi has hinted that retrospective action could still be taken.
“It is only the cameras that are broadcast that are basically what we have access to throughout. It hasn’t been obtained yet. It has been requested,” he said.