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FIA official set to oversee McLaren in Brazil 11 Oct 2007

Grid girl with the FIA flag. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday 9 September 2007.  World © Sutton Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 ahead of Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 at the end of the pitlane. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday 6 October 2007. World © Moy/Sutton

The FIA plans to appoint a special official at next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix to ensure that McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and team mate Lewis Hamilton receive equal treatment. Hamilton and Alonso are separated by just four points in the standings, ahead of the title showdown at the Interlagos circuit.

On Wednesday, McLaren released a statement reiterating their commitment to driver equality. The British squad confirmed that their policy of treating Alonso and Hamilton equally, in terms of car, engine, tactics and use of resources, would continue at the Brazilian race.

As well as the McLaren duo, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is also in contention for the drivers’ title. Raikkonen has 100 world championship points - seven shy of Hamilton’s tally and just three adrift of Alonso's.