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09/19/07
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Kimi sides with Alonso over Hamilton incident  (GMM) Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen has sided with Fernando Alonso over the Spaniard's driving tactics at the start of the Belgian grand prix.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton hit out at his McLaren teammate after their on-track battle for position at the first corner.

Replays showed the Briton going wide at La Source while side-by-side with Alonso, who refused to deviate from the racing line and curbs.

"Fernando always complains about others he says are unfair, but he pushed me off clearly intentionally," Hamilton, 22, was quoted as saying by German television immediately after the race.

Alonso, meanwhile, told the Spanish press that he knew Hamilton would be able to recover because of the large asphalt run-off at the corner.

Raikkonen, who won the Spa-Francorchamps race and is the closest challenger to the McLaren drivers for the title, said on Wednesday: "I saw (the incident) on TV and I think there wasn't anything wrong.

"That was just part of a hard race. It will be like that for the rest of the season."

The 28-year-old also explained that he sat out the Jerez tests this week to rest his neck before the upcoming Japan-China double header.

"I try to cure my neck I hurt in the accident at Monza," said the Finn.

"I didn't have any problems with it at Spa, but I better pay some attention as we have back-to-back races ahead of us."

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