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McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes it’s only “a matter of time” before world championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collide on track.

Hamilton and Verstappen are locked in a battle at the front of the grid, with the seven-time champ getting the best of it so far with three wins from the first four races.

The pair next face off at Monaco this weekend, two years on from the last Grand Prix there, when the duo so nearly collided in one of the most exhilarating head-to-head battles in recent memory.

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been on the top two steps of the podium all season. (Photo by Emilio Morenatti / POOL / AFP)
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been on the top two steps of the podium all season. (Photo by Emilio Morenatti / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP

And whether it is on the narrow streets of Monte Carlo or somewhere else, Brown believes there will be plenty of controversy ahead – and his team of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris will be there to claim the spoils.

“I think rivalries are great for the sport and having those two guys go at it is good,” said Brown, speaking at the launch of McLaren’s Gulf livery for the Monaco Grand Prix.

“Hopefully, at some point over the course a year, that creates an opportunity for us, because I think it is just a matter of time until they both are determined to not let up in to Turn 1 and neither come out.

“I think it’s great for F1. Lewis has had a pretty easy ride out, apart from his one year with Nico [Rosberg].

“So I think it’s a great rivalry. I think Max has gotten Lewis to step up, not that he’s needed much stepping up. But he’s definitely on his A game.

“I think it’s clear that Lewis is a very smart driver. You can just see him sitting there waiting to strike and isn’t kind of over eager. I think that’s his experience coming through.”

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Lewis Hamilton dizzy on podium, has long Covid effects, Mercedes, result

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Lewis Hamilton, who battled from the back of the field to take third place in an intense and exhausting Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, admitted he may still be suffering from the effects of Covid-19 which caused him to miss a race last year.

The Mercedes driver, who now leads the championship by six points, was visibly unwell on the podium after the dramatic race and struggled to raise his trophy.

He was initially absent from the press conference reserved for the first three drivers because he was seeing a doctor.

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“I’m ok, had real big dizziness and everything got a bit blurry on the podium,” said the world champion before opening up about the problems of life post-Covid.

“I’ve been fighting all year really with staying healthy after what happened at the end of last year and it’s still, it’s a battle.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone about it but I think (the effects of Covid are) lingering. I remember the effects of when I had it and training has been different since then.

“The level of fatigue you get is different and it’s a real challenge.”

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The 36-year-old missed the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain in December after testing positive for Covid-19 and has gone on to win four races this season, including the British GP at Silverstone a fortnight ago.

“I continue to train and prepare the best way I can. Today, who knows what it is?

“Maybe it’s hydration, I don’t know, but I’ve definitely not had this experience. Had something similar at Silverstone but this is way worse.”

Esteban Ocon won the race at the Hungaroring with Sebastian Vettel in second. Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, and the rest of the Formula One paddock now breaks until the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa on August 29.

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Valtteri Bottas crash slammed by Lando Norris, video, Mercedes wipes out McLaren, Red Bull

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Lando Norris has blasted Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas for a “stupid” error that cost him his race at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The McLaren driver was one of many Turn 1 casualties after Bottas out-broke himself in wet conditions a turn one, crashing straight into the back of Norris and causing a knock-on effect.

Some drivers were able to pit and continue racing, but not Norris, whose streak of 15-straight points finishes was ended by the Finn’s error.

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While the wet conditions were undoubtedly tricky, Norris was in no mood to sympathise.

“There’s not much to say is there? It’s not my fault, like, to be honest he (Bottas) just came over to me then and apologised,” Norris said, per the F1 website.

“But apologies are nice, but it doesn’t change the result or anything.

“So it’s Lap 1 of the race, no one has to do anything stupid but that’s what they did today. So just ruined it.”

Bottas accepted he had caused a “mess”, which saw himself and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez retire with damage.

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“I had a poor start,” he said. “Wheelspin off the line, and lost places, and then braking into first corner I was right in the gearbox of Lando and I just locked the wheels.

“So probably being that close didn’t calculate quite right the braking point, locked two wheels, hit him, and then it was a mess.”

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was also at fault having caused a separate big crash at Turn 1 behind Bottas.

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LIVE: Formula One title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are set for more first-lap fireworks at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after coming together in an ugly collision at the British GP a fortnight ago.

Both drivers furiously blamed each other for the early crash, which ended Verstappen’s race as Hamilton went on to win and narrow the championship gap to just eight points behind the Red Bull driver.

Now Hamilton – chasing his 100th F1 win – starts from pole at the Hungaroring for a record-equalling eighth time, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen in third.

Adding to the excitement is the weather forecast, with rain already falling on the track and likely to continue until the race.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified a ‘painful’ 11th, while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz also wants to charge up the field after crashing in Q2 and starting 15th.

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Watch LIVE on Fox Sports 506 from 9.30pm AEST ahead of the race start at 11pm.

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