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Alonso is biggest rival for f1 crown, says Hamilton

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton sees Ferrari's Spanish star Fernando Alonso as his biggest rival for the Formula One world championship, the British driver told the Marca daily on Saturday.

other Updated: Mar 07, 2010 00:25 IST

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton sees Ferrari's Spanish star Fernando Alonso as his biggest rival for the Formula One world championship, the British driver told the Marca daily on Saturday.

“He's a fantastic driver with a very good car, yes potentially, he's my most difficult rival (for the title),” Hamilton was quoted as saying.

The 25-year-old Englishman had a bitter rivalry with the two-time world champion when the pair were teammates together at McLaren in 2007.

Hamilton, the 2008 champion, also said that Michael Schumacher “could not be forgotten” as he makes his F1 comeback for the new Mercedes team with an eighth title in his sights.

Hamilton is hoping to reclaim the title this year after losing it to fellow Briton and now his team-mate Jenson Button in 2009.

Bernie urges India to get behind Chandhok

London: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has urged India to get behind Karun Chandhok when he makes his F1 debut in Bahrain next weekend with the new HRT team. Chandhok will become only the second Indian to race in Formula One.