Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug has promised that Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will both be given the 'same equipment and support' this weekend in China as the battle for the 2007 drivers' title draws to a close.

With Hamilton now 12 points up on Alonso following the Spaniard's crash in Japan last weekend the momentum is firmly with the rookie. However Haug is keen to see the battle decided in a 'fair' way without any on track incidents.

"The Chinese Grand Prix has a lot of challenging aspects for the team," stated Haug in the countdown to the penultimate round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

"In Shanghai, Lewis will be able to win the World Championship; however, on the other side if he can produce the appropriate result Fernando will be able to reverse the situation and to keep his title hopes alive until the final race in Brazil. Of course, we always have to watch out for Kimi who still has the chance to clinch the World Championship title.

"The team members will go into this possibly decisive Grand Prix as focussed as into the previous 15 races, and they will do everything to ensure both Lewis and Fernando will have the best opportunities to win.

"Prior to the 16th Grand Prix of the year the World Championship is still exciting and open, although Lewis now has a significant advantage after he won in Fuji last weekend whilst Fernando retired.

"Both the drivers will have the same equipment and support; we obviously hope that the Formula 1 World Championship will be decided on the track under the same conditions - tough, fair and without crashes."

McLaren-Mercedes CEO Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile concurs that with 20 points still available it is not yet certain who will take the 2007 drivers' crown.

"To have both Lewis and Fernando going into the final two races of the season with an opportunity to win the World Championship is a fantastic situation for the team," added Whitmarsh.

"Whilst Lewis is clearly in a stronger position, it is by no means over for Fernando and we are going to have two very motivated drivers in China.

"Japan was the first race where two Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars did not take the chequered flag. This demonstrates the competitiveness of the team this season, and we aim to maintain that level of performance this weekend in China," he summed-up.



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