McLaren's American CEO Zak Brown believes that Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are destined to crash into one and other at some point during the year with the two drivers engaged in a close fight for the 2021 F1 title.
The best indicator of Brown's prediction came at the Spanish Grand Prix when Verstappen leapfrogged Hamilton at the start, with the pair almost making contact. While Hamilton made the astute decision to let the position go, eventually winning the race, Brown beleives this might not always be the case.
"I think it is just a matter of time until they are both determined not to let up into Turn One and neither come out," Brown told the BBC.
"Rivalries are great in the sport and having those two guys going at it, hopefully at some point that will create some opportunity for us."
Brown also shared his thoughts on each driver, saying Hamilton's experience gives him a slight edge.
"It's a great rivalry," Brown stated.
"I think Max has gotten Lewis to step up, not that he needed much stepping up but he's definitely on his A-game.
"It's clear Lewis is a very smart driver. You can just seen him sitting there waiting to strike. He's not over-eager and that's his experience coming through."