MUTUAL RESPECT: Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg (left) and Lewis Hamilton's relationship is back on the mend. Image: AP/Alexander Yuan
London - Lewis Hamilton says the venom has gone out of his relationship with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
The reigning world champion said that even though they are battling once again for the drivers' title, and have had on-track run-ins in 2016, the old karting friends are actually getting along well.
Upfront with each other
Hamilton was quoted as saying to the Daily Mail: "Really, really good," he said of their current relationship. "Surprisingly."
He thinks it has been a process of German Rosberg maturing through having a family, and himself "coming of age".
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Now, "We say straight up, 'Hey man, I wasn't cool with that'.
"We are going to have our ups and downs and there are going to be times where we hate each other and when we like each other but ultimately, when we have all retired and got kids and stuff, the respect is always going to be there," Hamilton added.