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Rosberg was Hamilton's team mate at Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg finally ready to bury the hatchet with Lewis Hamilton

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Formula One has always been famous for on-track battles between the best drivers pushing themselves to be World Champion.

Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill had fantastic track duels, along with James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

The most famous and discussed rivalries, however, can be when the two rivals find themselves at opposite sides of the same team garage.

In a inter-team rivalry not seen since the likes of Prost/Senna at McLaren, the well-publicised animosity between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton made for big news back in the 2016 season.

Coming all the way down to the last day in Abu Dhabi, Nico Rosberg managed to hold off his teammate in the title race, taking the title before promptly deciding he wanted to retire from the sport.

Hamilton kept racing with Mercedes and went on to lift his fourth Drivers' Championship in his career, wrapping up the win at the Mexico Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Now, partnering with Valtteri Bottas, while no strong friendship exists between the two Mercedes drivers, there is not the tension that was endured between Rosberg and Hamilton.

While it could be argued that real competition from the German in 2016 may have brought great performances at times, taking the lead role in the team this season has seen Hamilton be dominant through the majority of the season.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Previews

Having now taken time away from Hamilton and the track, Rosberg has been speaking about his former teammate and the relationship between them.

Talking to German broadcaster ZDF, Rosberg said: "We were very good friends in the past, but it can happen again in the future. We're not rivals anymore, I'm completely out of it, so I don't see why we could not get along well after some time."

Despite this openness to a reconciliation of sorts from Rosberg, he admitted that he hadn't even spoken to Hamilton on the phone since his F1 days, despite the two being neighbours in Monaco.

F1 Grand Prix of Singapore - Qualifying

"We're not at that point yet," the 32-year-old admitted.

While Rosberg's disdain towards the World Champion has clearly waned over time, it isn't clear how willing Hamilton would be to repair any kind of relationship between the two.

Time can be a great healer, but at the minute, Hamilton will be solely focused on building towards title number five next season.

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