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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Dennis should enjoy battle - Hill
Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso
Hamilton (left) leads Alonso by 10 points in the drivers' standings
Damon Hill has urged McLaren boss Ron Dennis to sit back and enjoy Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso battling for the Formula One world championship.

Hamilton leads his team-mate in the standings but Dennis is worried about a growing animosity between the pair.

"Ron wants a perfect ending and for it to be harmonious and I can understand that," said former world champion Hill.

"Some things are impossible to control, and that's one of them. The best thing for him to do would be to enjoy it."

Dennis recently ordered Hamilton and Alonso not to comment on each other unless in the same room to avoid quotes being taken out of context.

Lewis is incredible, but I don't think Fernando is going to evaporate

Damon Hill

But Hill, the 1996 world champion, said: "These guys are bound to want to race each other, they are bound to want to do what they can to win.

"It's understandable he has to create harmony, but he also has to respect drivers want to race."

"Ron has done incredible things, created an incredible team, and he has two incredible drivers.

"Nobody is out to destroy it - well, maybe some people are - but the moment you try to protect it, the easier it is for it to all go off.

"Lewis is incredible, there's no question about that, but I don't think Fernando is going to evaporate.

"He showed in the US he was ready to come back into the fight, and so it will be very interesting to see what happens in France."

Hamilton leads Alonso by 10 points going into Sunday's French Grand Prix at Magny Cours, the eighth race in the 17-event calendar.

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