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Hamilton names potential team-mates
Eurosport - Sun, 04 Nov 09:18:00 2007
British Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has said Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil and Heikki Kovalainen are the main contenders to replace Spaniard Fernando Alonso at McLaren-Mercedes.

"Rosberg, Sutil or Kovalainen," said Hamilton, who finished runner-up in this year's world drivers championships behind Alonso, when asked who his team-mate would be next season.

"The important thing is that he is a team player," added Hamilton after his very public falling-out this season with double world champion Alonso before the Spaniard quit Mercedes-McClaren on Friday.

German Rosberg, the son of Finland's 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg, is under contract with Williams and is the favourite to join the British team having finished ninth in the 2007 championships.

Hamilton's friend Sutil is also amongst the favourites as is Renault driver, Finland's Kovalainen, who took 7th place in the championships with 30 points.

Norbert Haug, the boss of Mercedes Sport, refused to name Alonso's successor and said "the team will find it's best solution to the issue."

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Hamilton left out of team-mate decision

Lewis Hamilton will not be asked by McLaren officials for input into who will be Fernando Alonso's replacement as his team-mate next season.

Hamilton, who finished second in the Formula One drivers' championship this year, suggested Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil or Heikki Kovalainen as possible contenders last week but his team will make the decision without the advice of the 22-year-old.

"It's a team decision and nothing to do with me," Hamilton said. "I don't need to get involved. I'm going to keep quiet, I've got my job and that's great - I get to drive my car, I have my own seat. The car will be built around me and whoever joins."

Alonso had an acrimonious year at McLaren, with suggestions of favouritism towards Hamilton, and it was agreed the Spaniard would be released from his contract.

Hamilton has released his autobiography, 'My Story', but insists it was not written to reveal any tensions between himself and his former team-mate.

"I just wish him all the best wherever he goes I look forward to competing with him again in the coming years and, for sure, we'll be competing for many years to come," Hamilton added.

Hamilton also added he will not be adding a final paragraph after November 15, when McLaren's appeal over alleged fuel irregularities at the Brazilian Grand Prix will be heard. Hamilton might have been world champion if Williams and BMW Sauber were disqualified, but Hamilton has already said he does not want to win on a technicality.

"I'm very busy right now so I'm not thinking about it," he said. "The season is over, the book is my summary of the season and I'm looking forward to getting back in the car in a couple of weeks to prepare for next year."

Hamilton looked set to secure the championship in his rookie year before he hit problems in the final race of the year, in Brazil, but he is determined to go one better next time around.

"I wouldn't say it's given me more inspiration - it gives you more confidence to know that you can do it," he added. "With a little bit more hard work and the same dedication and commitment from me and the people around me, it's possible. I'm just as determined, if not more, to do it next year."

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