Alonso calls Mercedes rivalry a 'good problem to have'

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There's plenty to talk about as the Italian Grand Prix weekend gets underway.

Sep.4 (GMM) Not surprisingly, a big crowd gathered in the press conference room at Monza as hostilities resumed between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The FIA paired the warring Mercedes duo together to face the media on Thursday, with what one journalist described as the "ambassador for peace" - the imposing Fernando Alonso - sitting between them.

"This is the first time there has been so many people in the room," Hamilton smiled. "I am excited about moving forward."

The problem they have is a good problem -- they are fighting for the world championship

Fernando Alonso

Indeed, there was little sign of the crunching carbon fibre that characterised their controversial battle in Belgium, Hamilton insisting he said everything about the Rosberg clash "in the press release".

Spaniard Alonso even called it a "beautiful battle" that will play out over the last seven races of 2014.

"The problem they have is a good problem -- they are fighting for the world championship," said the Ferrari driver.

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