Hamilton inspired by Rossi

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Lewis Hamilton is hoping to draw on the example set by MotoGP's Valentino Rossi when it comes to devising an end to his career in Grand Prix racing.

A veteran of MotoGP, both in terms of age and accomplishments, which are outstanding, the Italian rider isn't losing momentum as he rides towards the twilight of his career, and Hamilton vows to do the same and eventually bow out on a high.

While the three-time world champion and Mercedes driver has no intention of hanging up his helmet any time soon, he has apparently an idea of how much longer he plans to remain in the sport.

"Valentino is towards one of the older riders now, but he still has the ability to be at the top," Hamilton said.

"He still has the ability to do so, and so I hope that I am in the similar position towards the end of my career."

Hamilton's off-track jet set and flashy lifestyle and come under scrutiny from some who may see it as a distraction for the British driver, or perhaps a sign that his interest in F1 may be waning.

But nothing could be further from the truth according to the 31-year-old, whom most believe won't call it a day on racing until at least three or four more years.

"Generally when I think about it [retirement], I have this three-year contract. I am hoping that I have another three or four years after that."

"We all are greedy, we always want more. You know that you have just won the championship, you still feel healthy, you still feel fit. Plus you know that next year is going to be the same year, it is just going to be good.

"So you don't want to stop and give it to the other guy. You want to stay in and get it again.

"So, I think it is a very hard thing to do and I am yet to know that I have the maturity and strength to walk away from something that I loved since five years old. Only time will tell."

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