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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2007, 06:22 GMT 07:22 UK
China holds no fears for Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton after winning the Japanese GP
Hamilton edged closer to the title with victory in Japan
Lewis Hamilton is in relaxed mood ahead of this weekend's penultimate Formula One Grand Prix of the season in China.

The McLaren driver leads the world drivers championship by 12 points from team-mate Fernando Alonso with just 20 points still up for grabs.

And the 22-year-old said: "There has been a lot of talk over the last couple of days about the championship but I just push that to the back of my mind.

"Anything is still possible but I am confident and determined."

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Following this weekend's race in Shanghai, Formula One decamps to Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, 21 October.

Hamilton continued: "We are going into these races with a really tight drivers' battle and I am only focused on doing the best I can in China and Brazil.

"They are tracks that I have not ever been to before, but I don't see that as a problem. This has also been the case on four occasions already this season, at Melbourne, Montreal, Indianapolis and Fuji and I was on the podium at all those races.

All I think about is winning at Shanghai and Interlagos

Fernando Alonso

"From what I understand, Shanghai is very fast in comparison with Interlagos, so we will have two quite different races.

"But everything is too tight for me to predict what will happen."

Meanwhile, reigning champion Alonso, who won in Shanghai in 2005, is determined not to give up his title without a fight.

"My retirement in Japan has not made it easy for me, but there are still 20 points to be won and I am going to fight hard for each one," the Spaniard said.

"All I think about is winning at Shanghai and Interlagos.

"I like to race in Shanghai, it is a new wide circuit and has been designed to allow overtaking.

"Slipstreaming along the main back straight and then passing into the first corner is one of the main chances.

"But you have to make sure you have as much momentum as possible when you exit turn 13, so mechanical grip is as important as making sure we have a competitive top speed."

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Editor, Inside Sport
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said Hamilton should thank the Italian team if he wins the title after McLaren were found guilty of possessing confidential Ferrari technical information.

McLaren were excluded from this year's constructors' championship and fined 49.2m, but the drivers escaped punishment.

"I still think that in the spying affair it was a big mistake not to disqualify the McLaren drivers as well," Di Montezemolo told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

"It means that if Hamilton wins the championship, he will also win it thanks to Ferrari because there is a lot of Ferrari in his car."

F1's governing body, the FIA, said "some degree of sporting advantage was obtained [by McLaren], though it may forever be impossible to quantify that advantage in concrete terms".

McLaren insist that no Ferrari information found its way on to their car.

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