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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton addresses his future in F1 after Vettel's retirement news

Lewis Hamilton has reiterated his desire to continue in Formula 1 and has highlighted what he hopes to achieve before his retirement.

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Following Sebastian Vettel's retirement announcement, Lewis Hamilton has reiterated his desire to stay and achieve more in Formula 1.

Prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix, Vettel announced that he will be retiring from F1 racing at the end of the season.

Vettel and Hamilton have been long-time rivals in F1, and even competed against each other as junior drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

With Vettel retiring at the age of 35, Hamilton, who is already 37, was asked about his own retirement plans, with the Briton refusing to entertain ideas of leaving the sport.

"Whatever he [Vettel] is going to do, he is going to be very good at it, if he applies himself the way he has here [in F1]," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It's a reminder that I'm in that part of my career where people that I came up with and raced against for so long will start to stop.

"Before you know it, Fernando [Alonso] (41) will not be here, and then I will be the eldest I guess! But I'm not really thinking about that."

Hamilton aiming for more F1 success before retiring

Despite being the most successful driver in F1 history, Hamilton reiterated that he still has aims within the sport.

Hamilton retains desires for a record-breaking eighth Drivers' Championship and believes that he won't ever experience an F1 burnout.

"I'm thinking about how can I improve this car, I'm thinking about what are the steps that I need to take to get this team winning," added Hamilton.

"What is the roadmap to winning another World Championship? What are the steps we need to do to have everyone aligned in this sport to do more to start truly reflecting the work that we're trying to do in terms of diversity?

"I'm thinking of all those things and when I talk about 'fuel left in the tank' I'm still fighting for these things and I still feel like I've got plenty to go.

"More than likely, when I stop I will still have fuel in the tank. I don't think I'm going to have a complete burnout and have nothing left."

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