Lewis Hamilton says he hopes that the new regulations coming into force in F1 next year will 'make the playing field more level' as Mercedes seeks to take the fight to Red Bull for the title.

The Milton Keynes-based team took the championship title for a fourth straight season with Sebastian Vettel this year, with Mercedes currently sitting second in the constructors' championship with two races left to run.

Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg have both won races this season and will seek to challenge for honours in 2014, with Hamilton insisting that the significant rule changes - including new 1.6 litre turbo-charged engines and revised aerodynamics - would open things up in the fight for the title.

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"I'm really excited about next year," he told CNN. "We have new rules, new engines and the cars are going to be a lot different. We're hoping it will make the playing field more level and that it gives us the chance to race. I just want to race and have a chance to fight for the championship.

"There's every chance that Red Bull will have just as competitive a car next year as this, but what I'm really confident in is the guys who are building my car. They have done such a great job with this year's car, and I just feel like we've really built a foundation this year which we can use next year to put ourselves in a position to fight with them.

"Going into my second year, hopefully I'll really have my thumbprint on the new car so it'll be a little more comfortable for me to drive."

Before next year, Hamilton will seek to try and help Mercedes wrap up second in the standings and the Briton admitted it would be a great achievement.

"I really want to help this team finish second in the constructors' championship," he said. "We've had some tough races this season but we are growing race by race. We have achieved something just incredible this year, to go from where the team wasn't really so successful last year to becoming the ones that are competing with Ferrari and Red Bull.

"What motivates me is the chance to be world champion again in future - and I know I have to put the work in now for what will hopefully be future success."