Lewis Hamilton and his old friend and recent foe Felipe Massa buried the hatchet here late Sunday when they met, hugged and sorted out their differences in the aftermath of the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. Pic/Getty Images

The 26-year-old Briton and 30-year-old Brazilian, who had collided six times in their respective McLaren and Ferrari cars this year, had endured a long period of tense and often acrimonious rivalry.

Hamilton took the initiative by walking down the pit lane to find Massa and giving him a big hug reciprocated by the Brazilian.

Massa said: "I was pleased that Lewis came around to see me. It was a very nice gesture on his part and I think we both feel good now."

Hamilton said: "I have great respect for Felipe and it was good for me to go and see him and have a nice chat. I have always liked him and I am really looking forward to racing against him again next year."