Will Power's tirade against Dario Franchitti after the IndyCar race on the streets of Toronto two weeks ago caught the international headlines, with Power calling Franchitti a "dirty racer" and ironically naming him "princess" in their Twitter exchanges.
But come a race weekend and the chance to be in the same room and get face to face again, and it seems that some sense of normality in their relationship has been restored at Edmonton.
"I knew if I looked the guy in the eye, I was going to smile or laugh," said Power at the post-race press conference where, inevitably, the two did indeed come eye-to-eye and instantly seemed to resume diplomatic relations again. "That's why he sat there and didn't look!" laughed Power.
"I think it broke the ice this morning after warm-up. He walked by. That was the first time we made eye contact," he said, laughing again, aware that it was starting to sound like a bad romcom. "I started sort of smiling.
"I put it behind me. I guess we were both playing a bit of mind games with each other there. But at the end of the day you go out there and race how you race."
Asked if the whole furore had maybe got out of hand and started to rebound on him and detract from his own driving, Power was quick to say that this was not the case.
"It wasn't affecting me. I was kind of laughing about it. It's sort of funny to me. I wasn't putting any emotional energy into it," he insisted. "We just basically didn't talk. That was that. I was very focused on the weekend. I felt great today.
"I find it tough to be nasty to people. I can't help it. If I'm angry at someone, I look them in the eye, I'll start laughing. Even if he came up to me after Toronto, maybe I would have laughed about it, too."
But Power insisted that he had no regrets and that the anger about what happened at Toronto had been genuine. "I think I was definitely upset with what happened, no question. But you do have to put it behind you."