Championship battle shares F1 spotlight with off-track turmoil

Political turmoil. Strained relationships. Oh, and a championship battle to die for. Can this 2007 Formula One soap opera get any better? We'll find out Sunday at Fuji Speedway, writes Dan Knutson.

Updated: September 28, 2007, 4:41 PM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

OYAMA, Japan -- Mount Fuji, when it isn't shrouded with clouds, provides a dramatic backdrop to a tight championship battle, political turmoil and the tense relationships that all are part of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at the revamped Fuji Speedway.

Just two points separate Vodafone McLaren Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who lead the championship standings. Hamilton is ahead with 97 points to Alonso's 95, but two-time champ Alonso has the momentum, ...

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