Lewis Hamilton ended his recent stand-off with Felipe Massa after embracing his Ferrari rival immediately after the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Briton has experienced several run-ins with his Brazilian rival over the course of the campaign – which has included collisions in Monaco, Britain, Singapore, Japan, and India. The pair had never spoken about their situation, with Massa claiming Hamilton had snubbed him in Singapore and the McLaren driver suggesting he saw no need to speak to his rival. But in a bid to close the book on tensions that have developed this season, Hamilton visited Massa at the Ferrari motor home while he was speaking to Brazilian journalists.
Speaking about what happened, Massa said: "I never had anything against him. I always respected him, even this year after everything that has happened. I think it is nice of him to come here, because it was never going to come from me – I did nothing wrong during the year."
Hamilton said about the moment: "It's been a long hard year for all the drivers, and I hope they all have a good winter. It was good to have a nice chat with Felipe after the race. I have great respect for him and I'm already looking forward to racing him again next year."
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali also praised Hamilton for going to see Massa after the race.
"I was pleased today to see Lewis Hamilton coming here today and hugging Felipe, because at the end of the day that is what it is all about," he said. "It was a good gesture and I am happy it is pretty cleared up. I am very pleased for that."