At the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday though, Verstappen took victory while his erstwhile rival, Hamilton, languished in 10th place.
An attack claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels on an oil storage facility near the circuit, however, overshadowed the race and nearly resulted in a driver boycott over safety fears.
"I am so happy the weekend is done," Hamilton said, according to the Guardian. "I am so happy that everyone is safe, I am just looking forward to getting out. I just want to go home."
Hamilton's trials on the track began during qualifying as he failed to make it out of Q1 -- the first qualifying round -- for the first time since the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix.
"We are quite a bit off pace-wise, and we've got a lot of work to do," Hamilton said after the race to Formula One.
After starting 15th on the grid, Hamilton initially recovered the situation, moving up to sixth on hard tires. However, confusion within the team about whether to pit just before a virtual safety car was deployed undid Hamilton's progress.