Hamilton sees one more contract beyond current deal

Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:25pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says his next Formula One contract is likely to be his last and does not want to 'hog' a seat and deny others a shot at glory.

The 30-year-old, who clinched his third title in Texas last weekend, indicated he intended to see out his career with Mercedes.

"I’ve got a contract for another three years. I imagine beyond this three years there could be one more contract of three or four years I will commit to and that would be it for me," he told British reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix.

A move to Ferrari, the dream of most Formula One drivers, looked unlikely.

"There was always that talk of driving another car and I have done that. Ticked that box off. I have been driving with Mercedes since I was 13 so I can't honestly see myself anywhere else," he said.

"I don't like to say never, but I think it would be pretty awesome to finish my career with this team."

Hamilton made his F1 debut in 2007, given his chance at Mclaren when Kimi Raikkonen replaced seven times world champion Schumacher at Ferrari and Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya also departed.

He then moved to Mercedes in 2013 when Schumacher finally retired for the second time at the age of 43.   Continued...

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during practice.
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