Lewis Hamilton feels Red Bull have a pace advantage which will make it tough for Mercedes to get ahead of them on Sunday at Silverstone.
Hamilton lost out to Verstappen at the start of the Sprint Qualifying and was unable to get close to mount a big challenge over the 17 laps. He thinks the race could be a similar story.
"It was pretty much [as previous races] the same as the last races in terms of just following behind Max," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the press.
"I think he had a lot of pace in him and I don't think he was particularly having to push too hard, and we were flat-out. Sunday's going to be tough.
"If I can try somehow to keep up with them through the stints, maybe we can apply pressure through strategy but we're not going to be overtaking them on the track. They're just too fast. So, we can play the long game hopefully."
Hamilton admits the 100,000 fans on Saturday gave him a boost and is hopeful that he can turn the tables to start bridging the 33-point gap to Verstappen in the Drivers' Championship.
"The race will be tough but the support of the fans, just the parade lap just there, the roar of the crowd is magnificent," said Hamilton.
"There are things we can learn and I will be giving it everything and hope we can have a closer race than we did on Saturday."
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