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09/29/07
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Hamilton wants Alonso to quit McLaren  (GMM)  Lewis Hamilton says he does not want Fernando Alonso to remain his teammate next year.

The British rookie, who shares the front row with his McLaren colleague and championship rival in Japan, capped off a weekend of verbal assaults against the Spaniard by telling British newspapers that his bosses should only keep loyal drivers on board.

Asked directly if he would like Alonso, who is under contract also for 2008, to occupy the sister McLaren next year, 22-year-old Hamilton said at Fuji Speedway: "No, I don't.

"I mean, if the team wants to keep him they keep him, but I'm here to stay as long as they want me.

"This season has helped reconfirm in my mind where I want to be, where I want to live out my career, and that is here.  I'm really happy and comfortable here.

"It's up to the team.  They've got to be smart and think about it: I know they've got politics and sponsors and all that sort of stuff, but they've got to do what's right, and I'm sure they will.

"I don't know who else would slip in here, but I'd much rather it were Fernando in a Ferrari and me in a McLaren."

Team boss Ron Dennis insists that he will only review the drivers' contractual situations after the last race of the season next month.

"There is at this stage nobody engaged in any dialogue whatsoever," he said.

Hamilton also said he fears a Schumacher or Senna-style collision with Alonso as their title battle whittles down to a three-race duel.

"I think it will be interesting to see whether Fernando will have the thing Michael Schumacher had, where he'll do anything – anything – ie. he doesn't care whether he runs himself or anyone else off the road," he told the British Sunday newspapers.

"Will he break under pressure?  We'll see.  It will ruin his reputation more than mine, because I'd never do that.  I want to win this fair and square."

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