Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen make secret agreement after war of words

The war of words between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has been brought to an end.

The pair met before the United States Grand Prix at the weekend to air out their differences after clashing in Mexico.

Hamilton claims he approached his young Red Bull rival to set the record straight.

And Verstappen’s dad Jos has confirmed a meeting took place and the pair have called a truce in the media.

“He and Lewis don’t have to be friends,” Jos Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

“But I have talked with Max about this, and I hope next time we do not have to discuss it in the press.

“He should focus on his work on the track, as he does already, and when journalists raise the issue, pretend that nothing happened.

“I saw that Max and Lewis talked before the race (in Austin) and they have agreed not to criticise each other in the press. If something happens, they will discuss it among themselves.”

Hamilton called Verstappen a crash “magnet” after the Dutchman hit Valtteri Bottas in Mexico.

But the Brit has since revealed he instigated talks over the weekend.

“I spoke to Max before the race,” Hamilton told Channel 4.

“I was like ‘dude, you are such a great racer man, let’s just squash whatever there is between us, whatever beef, let’s go out there and have a great race’.

“He is a champion of the future and I’m going to work as hard as I can to stop that happening for a while.

“But I’m enjoying race with him.”

Hamilton won his sixth world title in Austin by finishing in second place, behind Mercedes team-mate Bottas.

Verstappen beat the pair of Ferrari’s to secure the final podium spot.

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