Mercedes F1 team-mates Lewis Hamilton (left) and Nico Rosberg are back on speaking terms. File photo: Albert Gea.

Brackley, UK - Lewis Hamilton has called a truce in his uneasy relations with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, although circumstances surrounding how and when he tweeted the news are suspicious.

Late on Friday Hamilton tweeted: “We’ve been friends a long time. As friends we have our ups and downs. Today we spoke. We’re cool and still friends,” alongside an old photo of the pair. The timing was mysterious as only a few hours earlier a Mercedes spokesman had told Sportsmail that he thought Hamilton was in the air, travelling to North America ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix a week tomorrow.

The tweet also came soon after Sky asked viewers to join their debate on the Hamilton-Rosberg relationship, which was pulled apart when the German controversially beat Hamilton to pole position in Monaco last week.

A Sky tweet about the debate was at 4.22pm. Hamilton’s tweet came 11 minutes later - and an hour and a half after Sportsmail asked whether Hamilton and Rosberg had spoken. Challenged about Hamilton’s tweet, Mercedes said it simply reflected the up-to-date situation. They now say Hamilton will fly over the weekend.