Lewis Hamilton has seemingly conceded the Formula One title to Nico Rosberg after claiming he is targeting a fourth crown in 2017.
The 31-year-old Mercedes driver can still mathematically get his hands on a fourth career drivers' championship this year, but he trails Rosberg by 33 points with only four races of the campaign remaining.
Hamilton's season has gone downhill since the summer break in August, with Rosberg winning four of the last five races, culminating in his ninth victory of the season in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.
Hamilton had to settle for third spot at Suzuka which was enough for Mercedes to secure the Constructors' championship for a fourth successive year.
And, while the Briton was delighted to help the Silver Arrows achieve more success as a team this term, he is looking for more personal glory from next season onwards.
"I'm so proud of each and every one of them (Mercedes team) and proud to be part of this incredible journey with them," said Hamilton on the Mercedes website.
"It's humbling to represent them all out there on the track and I'm excited about going for a fourth (title) together next year and hopefully many more beyond that.
"But for now it's important we all cherish this moment because together we have created history. In decades to come we will look back on these days and remember how incredible they were."
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