Hamilton ‘welcome’ to keep up pace at finale – Alonso

Sat, 13 November 2010, 10:01

Nov.13 (GMM) Fernando Alonso insists he is far from worried about Lewis Hamilton being the fastest runner in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

If the McLaren stays out front at Yas Marina this weekend, Ferrari driver Alonso’s points lead over the chasing Red Bulls is potentially more secure as the final chequered flag of the season awaits.

“Anyone who can take 25 points away from the Red Bulls is welcome,” the Spaniard is quoted by Blick newspaper.

Interestingly, Michael Schumacher sees Hamilton – who in order to win the title must win on Sunday with the other main contenders essentially failing to score – as a potential spoiler, and urged the Briton to play fair.

“Everyone is focused, experienced and professional enough to handle the situation with an absolutely fair racing spirit,” he is quoted by the Mirror.

When asked about Hamilton’s pace, the seven time world champion added: “I was talking about him when I spoke about making sure it was fair sport.”

Triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart rejected Schumacher’s plea.

“I find that a strange thing for Michael to say,” said the Scot. “I am completely behind Lewis in charging in there.”

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