Hamilton and Verstappen are in a close battle for the world championship and, although they have outdone themselves in every race this season, they have managed to keep things clean so far.
But Brown believes the intensity of their rivalry makes it inevitable that at some point there will be controversy between them.
“I think the rivalries are great for the sport and that these two guys are part of it, that’s good,” said Brown, at the launch of McLaren’s Gulf livery for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Hopefully at some point in the course of a year that will create an opportunity for us, as I think it’s only a matter of time until they’re both determined not to. not abandon turn 1 and not exit it.
Brown believes the face-to-face between Hamilton and Verstappen is a huge positive for F1 and has helped the sport see the best of both drivers.
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“I think it’s great for F1,” said Brown. “Lewis had a fairly easy outing, apart from his year with Nico [Rosberg].
“So I think it’s a big rivalry. I think Max got Lewis to step up, not that he needed a lot of step up. But he’s definitely on his A match.
“I think it’s clear Lewis is a very smart driver. You can just see him setting there waiting to knock and he’s not too impatient. I think it’s his experience that passes.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st position, and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 2nd position, on the podium
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McLaren driver Lando Norris said the close battles between Hamilton and Verstappen were fun to watch – and provide an interesting view of the two drivers’ different approaches.
“Max takes advantage of these opportunities, like turn 1 [in Spain]Norris said. “It was a pretty risky thing.
“If Lewis had surrendered, they would have crashed. So Max was pretty committed to his move. But these are the opportunities that Max must seize at this point because they [Red Bull] are a little slower.
“But that’s also what makes him fun, because then Lewis has to come back and try to get past him. So it’s fun.