I think that’s one of the main points people are making about the incident - Max should be aware of putting his car in risky situations given the position he held at the start of that race. It’s something Hamilton has learned and used over the last few years to great effect.I think Max did not expect Lewis to make a mistake like that, Lewis usually dont do that. And then Max probably never considered that Lewis could run into him damaging both cars so they would have to retire, but as the race were red flagged Lewis could get free repairs and still win. Lewis also relied on not getting a drive through penalty to be able to make the top 5. I dont think Verstappen had considered that every one of these option as it was very unlikely for all of it to happen that way. The irony is that now he has even less margin and has to race Lewis hard to even be in the lead anymore.
Verstappen still needs to race, he does not have a big pace advantage if any at all as its track based which car is better. If he starts giving up position to play it safe Lewis could catch up easily.
I dont think the incident was that big of a deal, if the red flag had not came out, both Lewis and Max would have had 0 points from the race, which I think would have been completely fair considering what happened. If that would have been the case, I doubt there would have been nearly as much drama afterwards.
He had far more to lose (and did so) going wheel to wheel racing than Hamilton did.
Fast forward a few years and I reckon he gets out of it and retakes the lead anyway at some point. Or at worst, finishes 2nd.