Hamilton clears the air with Alonso

Lewis Hamilton heads to his home race at Silverstone this weekend on a wave of rapprochement - after calming an off-track feud with Fernando Alonso and looking forward to having father Anthony at a race for the first time this year

Hamilton clears the air with Alonso

The McLaren driver got dragged into a public war of words with Alonso after Valencia when he suggested that the Spaniard's anger at what happened behind the safety car was purely because his Ferrari rival was so upset at getting a poor result.

Keen to not let matters drag on, Hamilton has revealed that he has been in contact with the Spaniard since the event to sort the situation out.

"We are in touch," Hamilton told the Reuters news agency. "He has my number and I have his number. We messaged the other day, things are cool.

"I just messaged him to see how he was doing and he said everything's cool and he knows how the racing world works and this is a tough year."

Hamilton has also revealed that matters with his father are on a better path, with Anthony expected to attend the British Grand Prix - which will be first F1 event since the pair's management arrangement ended earlier this year.

"I think he's coming," Hamilton told The Daily Express. "I have invited him. I've invited all my family. Pretty much all my family is coming, actually. I think he's going on Saturday night. And then everyone's coming on Sunday."

Hamilton said that although things had not been totally easy since splitting with his father, he reckoned the situation had helped him become a better person.

"It really has, it really has. I've just grown. I'm still learning so many things and I'm pretty much managing myself now - taking the reins and controlling things.

"I feel quite proud that I've not just rushed into management, or rushed into things. I've told people to be patient, that I've not gone for meetings. And bit by bit I've focused on things, working in certain areas that I didn't necessarily understand or know about before, and bit by bit trying to learn more about it. Sometimes it takes longer but it is going well.

"I need to have the best person to look after me and not take advantage, and do things for the right reasons while making good money, and helping me build and grow in the right direction."

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