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Hamilton aiming for seven more years in F1

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Lewis Hamilton is aiming for a minimum of seven more years in Formula One and says there is no limit on what he can achieve now he's a two-time world champion.

Hamilton's 11 victories in 2014 helped him clinch the title, ending a six-year wait for another championship and taking him into an elite group of multiple F1 champions. The 29-year-old is still yet to sign a contract extension at Mercedes beyond 2015, though talks resumed after Abu Dhabi, but he has no doubts about how long he can stay in the sport.

"I feel like I've got another seven years in F1," he told the BBC after winning the Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday evening. "That's the goal. I got the first title in 2008 and now a second title, so the sky is the limit from here … I've just got to keep pushing."

That goal would see Hamilton continue until 2021, which would be his 15th season in the sport, by which time he would be 36 years old. Kimi Raikkonen is currently the oldest driver in the sport at 35.

Hamilton went on to call 2014 the best year of his life so far.

"It's been an amazing season … it's been an amazing period of my life in Formula One, it's been life-changing. This year has been by far the greatest year of my whole life. There are so many people involved in it over the years , you know, my team and my family, without their unwavering support I wouldn't be here. Winning the championship was the best thing, even better than the first one because of the feeling or understanding of how hard I worked and to come out ahead through the difficulties. Everything from now is a bonus."

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