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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 September 2007, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Hamilton plans talks with Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton is now just two points clear of Alonso in the title race
Lewis Hamilton plans to resolve a disagreement about driving tactics with team-mate Fernando Alonso at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

Hamilton, 22, was angered by Alonso forcing him off the track at the first corner in Belgium two weeks ago.

"I probably will speak to him about this because we haven't spoken since the last race and I have my feelings on what happened," the Englishman said.

"If that is how aggressive he wants to be then I can be just as aggressive."

Alonso has cut Hamilton's lead to two points after beating him in the last two races.

And Hamilton says he will do what he needs to do to stay ahead without putting either of them in danger.

I have a feeling that this weekend will be better than the previous few

Lewis Hamilton
"When we are out there we won't be giving any handouts, that is for sure," the Englishman said.

"I will be a lot more aware of him around me now. I am driving to keep the car on the track and be fair to everyone.

"But I am not going to take any silly risks and take myself or anyone else off. I'll just make sure I am ahead of him so it won't be an issue."

Hamilton believes he has worked out why Alonso has held an edge over him in recent races.

He blames changes he made to his car's technical set-up at the last two events.

"I understand where I can find time and where I've been losing time," he said.

"Usually Fernando and I have similar set-ups but at the last race we were miles apart and I didn't get it right."

Hamilton said that the problems arose after he adjusted his set-up in testing at the Italian and Belgian Grands Prix.

The 22-year-old explained: "When we go to a race we have a very similar set-up, but at the last race (in Belgium) I went somewhere else on my set-up, thinking it was the right way and we were wrong.


"And although I was not far off Alonso's times, I feel that if my set-up was a lot further in the other direction, it would have been a lot better.

"When you go through the Friday tests you haven't got much time to change the set-up or take big risks, so you are stuck in qualifying with what you have got.

"But I have a feeling that this weekend will be better than the previous few."

Hamilton also insists he can cope with the pressure from his rivals in his quest to be world champion in his debut season.

"It's been a strange experience to realise I can win in F1 and for the championship to become a reality," he said.

"It's important to stay relaxed and calm. It's been phenomenal."

The spy scandal that has engulfed the sport, as well as a growing rift with his team-mate Alonso, have added to the pressure on Hamilton ahead of this weekend's vital Japanese Grand Prix.

I was a bit disappointed when they told me 'we don't do Suzuka anymore' - I always dreamed of racing there

Lewis Hamilton

And Hamilton has admitted he knows nothing about the new Fuji Speedway circuit where the race is being staged.

Toyota-owned Fuji replaced Suzuka on the Formula One calendar for 2007 after a 30-year absence.

Hamilton said: "I haven't seen the circuit. I know it has a very long straight, but I don't know what to expect.

"I always dreamed of racing at Suzuka but when I arrived in Formula One they told me 'we don't do Suzuka anymore'.

"I was a bit disappointed but it's still a great experience coming to a circuit which is new to everyone. It should be a great race."

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