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Dennis not worried about drivers crashing

McLaren team boss Ron Dennis says his drivers don't need any special instructions in order to avoid crashing into each other on track.

Lewis Hamilton was critical of teammate Fernando Alonso after the Belgian Grand Prix, where the duo came close to making contact at the start in a move that the Briton thought too harsh from the double world champion.

Both men have played down fears of a crash, however, and Dennis insisted on Saturday he feels no need to give them any orders.

Hamilton and Alonso will start from the first row of the grid in tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix.

"They're part of our team," Dennis told reporters at Fuji. "They're both very professional and what makes me smile is the question - are you going to give them special instructions or are you going to talk to them?

"Why on earth could we say to the drivers that would have any influence on their opening lap or any part of their performance?

"We rely on the fact that a) they're very professional, b) they both want to win the world championship. And the easiest way to minimise that objective is to bounce into each other.

"You would only see a wobble of laughter coming from the Ferrari garage if that were to happen. They should be concentrating on winning the race fairly and squarely - they are professional racing drivers."

Hamilton leads Alonso by two points with three races to go.

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