Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton has made it clear that he is looking to extend his stay with Mercedes beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of the 2015 season.

The Briton joined the German team at the start of the 2013 season from McLaren, a move which was first seen by many as a step down. But Mercedes and Hamilton have together turned around the team's fortunes and now see themselves as the leading team in F1.

Hamilton is keen to sit down with the team and discuss a new contract. The 2008 World Champion, who has been driving for Mercedes since the age of 13, says that he cannot see himself in any other team.

"We've both shown interest in sitting down and talking," Hamilton said, as quoted by the BBC.

"The team know I would like to push to continue and they've made it clear they would like to do the same."

"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13. I very much feel like I have Mercedes imprinted on my chest. It's very much a family for me."

"Can't see myself anywhere else," the Briton added.

However, certain reports in Germany have claimed that Mercedes might be interested in tempting four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, to make it an all German line-up for the German car maker, especially after Hamiton's team-mate Nico Rosberg signed a new contract extending his stay until the 2016 season.

But Hamilton is not in the least bit worried about the reports and feels that Mercedes may not do that [have an all German driver lineup]. Also, he has a contract till the end of 2015.

"If they happen to want someone else that's the way it is. I'm not going to whinge about it. There are places for everyone," the former McLaren driver said.

"I'm not worried about it. But another German driver? I'm not sure if it's something Mercedes would like."

"But at the moment I'm here until the end of next year so it's not going to be any time soon. But it's normal. Mercedes is the best and so everyone is going to want to drive a Mercedes," the 2008 F1 World Champion explained.