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Alonso's title hopes on the line in China as future grows uncertain

With his 2007 title hopes teetering on the brink in China, what are beleaguered world champion Fernando Alonso's 2008 options? His best bet might be to stay with McLaren Mercedes, as distasteful as that might seem to him, writes Dan Knutson.

Updated: October 4, 2007, 5:39 PM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

SHANGHAI, China -- It's all but certain that either Lewis Hamilton or his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes teammate, Fernando Alonso, will win this year's Formula One Drivers World Championship.

What's a lot less certain is if they will remain teammates in 2008, even though both have contracts with McLaren for next season.

While Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen still has a mathematical shot at winning the Drivers World Championship, the battle now is really between the McLaren ...

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