Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, previously the bitterest rivals on the formula one grid, seem to have buried the hatchet more than a year after their stint as McLaren teammates ended.

Nov.9 - Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, previously the bitterest rivals on the formula one grid, seem to have buried the hatchet more than a year after their stint as McLaren teammates ended.

We reported nearly a week ago that Alonso, the former double world champion who split with the British team following a venomous single season in 2007, returned to the McLaren garage at Interlagos to congratulate 23-year-old Hamilton on his drivers' title triumph.

"It took a big man to do that," Hamilton admitted at the Mercedes-Benz 'Stars and Cars' end of season event in Stuttgart.

"I was very thankful for it and I respect him for that gesture.

"I got back to the garage and he was there. He shook my hand and gave me a hug and then he said congratulations to the rest of the team," Hamilton said.

Spaniard Alonso, 27, had previously boasted that McLaren is now his least favourite F1 team, vowing to help Ferrari's Felipe Massa beat Hamilton to the championship.

 

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