Tensions at Mercedes appeared to have dropped after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg spoke in the lead up to the Canadian Grand Prix, reports Sky Sports.
After a healthy but largely respectful rivalry for the first few races unease between the two drivers fighting for the 2014 championship has grown in recent races.
With reports in the media adding fuel to the fire, the pair reached boiling point in Monaco as Hamilton believed Rosberg had deliberately run off the track in qualifying denying the Briton the chance to beat Nico's pole position time.
The bad blood spilled into the race as a frustrated Hamilton saw Rosberg barely put a foot wrong to take his second successive win in Monte Carlo and move back to the top of the drivers' championship.
The indications were the pair's relationship, which dates back to when the two were team-mates in Karting, could be in tatters and the sort of split garage that was seen during the Prost - Senna days at McLaren could return.
Throughout the weekend in Monaco, however, Rosberg was insistent the pair's long-time friendship could remain and indeed in the week since such moves by Hamilton were made.
The 2008 champion rang and congratulated Rosberg on his win in Monte Carlo, after not speaking to him post-race, and later posted a tweet including a photo of the pair on unicycles when they were teenagers.
The tweet read: “We've been friends a long time and as friends we have our ups and downs. Today we spoke and we're cool, still friends”.
With the Monaco incidents put in the past, their reformed relationship will be put to the test once again in Montreal this weekend, a circuit where Hamilton is expected to have the advantage with three previous wins.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the action, which begins on Friday, Hamilton almost reiterated his earlier tweet word for word before revealing the pair had also spoken with the team individually.
Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe have insisted they can keep a lid on the rivalling pair as the Silver Arrows look to retain their commanding position atop both the drivers' and constructors' championships and Hamilton praised the work of his two bosses before looking forward to the remainder of the season.
“We had dinner together as a team and things are better,” he said. “We are going from strength to strength and things have never been better. The team have done a great job supporting both of us with Paddy and Toto. Their support for both of us is great.
“We move on, there’s a long way to go, and I look forward to the battle.”
The new calmer approach from Hamilton may also look to answer some of those who questioned the 29-year-old's behaviour in Monaco.
Former champions like Sir Stirling Moss and Mika Hakkinen believed Hamilton should have been accepting of Rosberg's win just under two weeks ago and apologise.
With that seemingly done, it will be interesting to see just how the battle for victory in Canada will play out. Hamilton is most people's favourite for victory but should Rosberg be leading with the pair close on track on Sunday the more relaxed atmosphere portrayed publicly at least may suddenly go flying out the window.
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