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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 September 2007, 19:19 GMT 20:19 UK
Italian Grand Prix 2007
Monza, 7-9 September, 2007
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Lewis Hamilton gives the thumbs up to the crowd after finishing second in the Italian Grand Prix
Hamilton insists he is unfazed by McLaren's off-track problems
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton says he does not believe the "Spygate" scandal will ruin his chances of becoming Formula One world champion.

McLaren are under investigation by both the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) and Italian prosecutors over possessing Ferrari trade secrets.

They will appear before the WMSC on Thursday but Hamilton, 22, insisted: "I am not worried about next week.

"I just have a lot of belief in the team and I have no worries whatsoever."

Hamilton now leads the drivers' standings by just three points after finishing second behind team-mate and reigning world champion Fernando Alonso in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Four races remain, with the next in Belgium on Sunday and the finale in Brazil on 21 October.

"We shall see the championship go down to the wire I am sure and perhaps in the last race you will see who comes out first," Hamilton said after the race in Monza.

Before the grand prix he admitted he would be gutted if all the hard work he had put into his debut season was to go to waste if McLaren are punished over "Spygate".

There are still four races to go and the fight is still on

Lewis Hamilton

"If you sit down and think about it, I could have what I've worked for and what all the team have worked for, taken away," Hamilton told ITV.

"And when you really think about that, you think, wow I could be out of a job next weekend and then what happens?

"It is a bit disappointing when you read things about it - I won't go into it because I'll get emotional - but I really do have such a great belief in my team."

The Englishman's team-mate, Alonso, refused to be drawn on the possibility of being thrown out of the championship.

"I have nothing to say. Next Thursday we all will know more about (this) - in four days, I will wait to answer anything," he said after claiming victory at Monza.

606: DEBATE

Despite Hamilton's obvious potential few observers thought he would be a match for double world champion Alonso in his first season in motorsport's blue riband championship.

Hamilton leads the standings with 92 points from Alonso with 89, and the English rookie admitted even he was surprised.

"I think if you look back to the beginning of the season, if I had said we were to be equal in out-qualifying each other and finishing ahead of one another, I would have said 'get out of here!'"

"But I am not worried about it. I have been in many situations like this before and there are still four races to go and the fight is still on."

Spaniard Alonso expects the race to go down to final race in Brazil.

"Nothing was decided before the race, nothing is decided after the race and I think it will stay like that until the last race."

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