The seven-time champion, 36, is attempting to become the first driver in history to win the F1 title an incredible eight times, while Verstappen – 12 years Hamilton’s junior – is looking to secure his first championship.
The Dutchman currently leads the standings by eight points heading into the final two races of the season in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
Yet despite how close the two title rivals now are with just over one week of the season remaining, the more experienced Hamilton remains supremely composed.
He said: “It’s different in one sense because we’ve got two incredibly close teams. It’s different because as a team we’re fighting for uncharted territory. No-one has ever won eight titles, team or driver, so that’s quite fresh and new.
“And then on the other side, I’m more relaxed than I’ve ever been because I’ve been around a long time. It’s not my first.
“I remember how I was [with] my first championship, and even my second and my third, the sleepless nights and all those sorts of things. I’m [now] a lot more sure of myself and just applying myself better than ever before.
“I know I can’t change anything from the past, but all I can do is prepare the best I can for what’s up ahead of me, and I 100% know I have.”