Lewis Hamilton has stressed he has no plans to "do the easy thing" and retire from Formula 1 like former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after winning his fourth world championship on Sunday in Mexico, setting his sights on adding more titles to his haul.

Hamilton clinched his fourth F1 crown with a ninth-place finish in the Mexican Grand Prix, becoming just the fifth driver in the sport's history to reach the landmark following previous titles in 2008, 2014 and 2015.

Questions have been raised about Hamilton's long-term future in F1 for some time given his desire to explore interests outside of racing, such as fashion and music, but the Briton stressed he has no plans to take a step back.

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"I’ve enjoyed it this year more than ever. I do think it would be so nice at some stage just to live in one place, a lot more socialising, walking your dogs every day or surfing, whatever it is, but staying in one place for a period of time," Hamilton said.

"But then I’m thinking there’s a lot of life to live beyond forty, there’s a lot to go and so the balance is. I can’t come back to Formula One, so there’s going to be a point in which OK, I’ve had enough.

"I’ve already been blessed and had such a wonderful time here in these ten years. Hopefully I have my place here and I’m going to continue to, whilst I’m at my best.

"I want to go out on top so that’s my goal."

Hamilton ruled out following former rival Rosberg's lead and suddenly quitting F1, with the German announcing just five days after winning the title in 2016 he would be hanging up his helmet.

"Obviously each year, I could do the easy thing like obviously Nico did which is just stop and retreat with these four titles," Hamilont said.

"But I think there’s more in me,. I think there’s more to come, more of a challenge, as there’s harder times ahead.

"I like that, I love that - that’s challenging."


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I'm no Hamilton fan, but he's right! Rosberg took the easy route, can't believe some pundits said he was brave for retiring.... Not defending his title also cost us an even more exciting championship, with no 2 bottas unable to challenge Hamilton.

Perhaps Rosberg was being sensible retiring because he was always going to be treated as no 2 in the team. He would always have been under presure to having to let Lewis through.

Lewis was beating Nico since the first year he joined the team.  So it's understandable that after a  gifted championship that he would retire.

Hamilton has nobody to play house with so his comments are rather derogatory. Walking the dogs is a bit different to raising a family. Nico got what he wanted and he was satiated. Good for him, good for us, because who'd like to see a complacent defending champion?

I was as disappointed as Hamilont when Rosberg retired - for both the same reason, wait 'til next year.

Well, we all saw how that turned out.

Though, I am not sure either one of us are really that disappointed.

It would be nice to see him race against verstappen more often next year. FIA must nerf merc or buff redbull for this to happen.

Rosberg is a family man with a young child, he put them first. He didn't need the money from F1 so well done that man. Hamilton likes to be in the spotlight and as far as we know has no kids. Maybe if he quit we could stop hearing about him being the first/only black driver to win F1, cos last time I looked his mum was white!