Immediately afterwards, the Mercedes driver was heard over team radio asking his race engineer Pete Bonnington, “Did I have the ‘magic’ on?
“Yeah looks like it was knocked back on,” came the reply before Hamilton said, “Could’ve sworn I switched it off.”
‘Brake magic’ is understood to be a setting used by Mercedes behind the Safety Car to help heat the brakes by altering brake bias settings, along with various other things.
The incident meant Verstappen still leads the driver standings by four points, with Red Bull extending their lead in the team standings by 26 points.
Speaking of the tyre blowout, which Pirelli have promised to fully investigate, the Dutchman and his team boss Christian Horner said there had been no indication the failure was about to happen.