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Hamilton, Alonso give McLaren hope after landmark penalty

McLaren lost out on the constructor's title after the landmark ruling in the F1 spy case. But the manufacturer still has hope, thanks to Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: September 14, 2007, 2:37 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

With four races remaining, including this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, perhaps it's a bit early to call this a make-or-break weekend for Formula One's title contestants.

Or perhaps not.

The FIA certainly broke McLaren's spirit and its hopes of winning a ninth F1 constructor's cup with its unprecedented ruling Thursday that essentially disqualified the Mercedes-Benz-powered team from this year's championship. And the $100 million fine imposed by the world ...

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