McLaren and Ferrari bury the hatchet

Last season’s bitter Formula One rivals McLaren and Ferrari are putting on a united front as they head towards the new season.

The teams have met to thrash out a new working relationship that has resulted in "extremely close ties" being formed between those involved.

The two top teams in Formula One have been publicly feuding for several years, with McLaren being accused by Ferrari of foul play in the spying scandal that hit the sport two seasons ago.

And last year the teams were again at loggerheads as McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton pipped Ferrari’s Felipe Massa in to the championship title on the final day of the season.

But with McLaren boss Ron Dennis and his nemesis at Ferrari, Jean Todt, both handing over control of team affairs for the coming season, relations appear to have thawed considerably.

The two teams are now working together with other Formula One construction firms to develop measures to cut costs in the sport.

"The result of our co-operation, supported by all the other teams, has already been profound," said Dennis.

Written by Paul Jarvis

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