Having outscored all of his F1 2011 rivals over the last three grands prix despite not benefitting from the fastest car in the field, Fernando Alonso has asserted that he is the best he has ever been - and that over the remainder of the campaign, Ferrari 'must try and win as many races as possible'.

Alonso has been the form man ever since his victory at Silverstone last month, although in truth, the beginning of his and Ferrari's renaissance had come in Monaco a few races earlier still. That has prompted the Scuderia's team principal Stefano Domenicali to describe the double world champion as 'the number one driver in F1 at the moment' and 'even better' than record-breaking legend Michael Schumacher in some respects [see separate story - click here].

Whilst modestly shirking such an assessment, as he reflects upon the opening half of the season during Ferrari's summer Wrooom event at Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Dolomites, the Spaniard does concede that he is right at the top of his game at present.

"I don't know what to say, except that I immediately felt comfortable at Ferrari," he confessed, "but it would be very difficult to repeat what Michael did, because things are very different now to what they were a decade ago. Having said that, I am currently experiencing the best years of my career - and that makes me very optimistic for the future.

"All drivers want to race for Ferrari, and that makes me feel even more privileged, because I am at Ferrari now and I will be for many years to come. I feel much more part of the team than I did a year ago; in terms of driving, I don't think I've ever been this strong."

"This has not been such a bad season for us so far," he added, rating it a seven-out-of-ten. "Sure, the beginning was very difficult - we had hoped for a better start, but we did not manage it. In China, we went through what was possibly the worst point, because not only were we not fighting for the win with McLaren and Red Bull, but we were also behind Mercedes and maybe Renault. However, after that, we reacted well - [although] we still lack a little something in all areas, including from the drivers, to be at the level of the best.

"I think what's been done [with the organisational changes at Ferrari] has been very positive and, in any case, you don't just change things for the sake of change, but in order to improve. From my point-of-view, I feel there is a greater will to move forward, more speed and daring in taking some decisions. There is a greater feeling of optimism, more determination and I think the results of that are already evident in the first phase of the design of next year's car.

"We are working well, with a lot of creativity; we hope the car will be a surprise from this point-of-view, but most of all, we hope it's quick. Already this year, we have seen cars that have been considered very interesting and extreme and then they haven't delivered the results."

Before setting his sights on next year, however, Alonso remains firmly focussed on doing his utmost to overturn the current 89-point deficit separating him from Red Bull Racing's runaway world championship pace-setter Sebastian Vettel in the title standings. Laying out one simple approach, although clinching a third drivers' crown will inarguably be the tallest of orders, the Spaniard is adamant that admitting defeat is not in Ferrari's DNA.

"Now I need to unwind a bit," the 30-year-old acknowledged. "The same goes for me as for the whole team, because July was really a very stressful month. We will need to have our batteries fully charged, because from Spa onwards, we can expect three months of doing everything in one go, with the last two races in Europe and then the final run, which will take us back-and-forth from one side of the world to the other.

"We must try and win as many races as possible. We are realistic and the championship situation is what it is, but we have seen so often that there can be sudden reversals. After all, we are Ferrari and we have a moral obligation - especially for the millions of fans spread around the world - to always think of the maximum goal.

"We can't ever say we will tackle eight races without having the championship in the back of our mind; we will always have an eye on the title, at least until there is no longer the slightest chance. Of course we must start winning, and we have to hope that Vettel makes a few mistakes or has some problems.

"At Spa, I have never won in F1, and it would be nice to do that; then comes Monza, which is special and I would like to feel again the amazing feeling I got from it last year. As for Singapore, I have already won twice and I got on the podium a third time - a magic race for me.

"Winning at Suzuka is great because of the nature of the track, and I've already managed it in Korea, so doing the double would be welcome, just as it would be to write my name on the first line of the winners' list for the Indian Grand Prix. Abu Dhabi? Well, you all know I would love to cancel out the horrible memories linked to that track... And Brazil is where I won both my world titles!

"F1 is too complicated a sport to make declarations, though. It requires everyone to give their all in order to win, and the genius of an individual is not enough. If you look at Adrian Newey, it's not a case of him turning up at Red Bull and at a stroke, creating a winning car with a magic wand. It took years for all the team to reach the level it is at now. It takes great people, structures and, clearly, a little pinch of genius. I am convinced that we too have that genius."

A similar attitude is being adopted by Alonso's former McLaren-Mercedes team-mate and bitter sparring-partner Lewis Hamilton, who has triumphed twice this season - in China and Germany - but who nonetheless has an almost identical mountain to climb in his bid to overhaul the hitherto dominant Vettel to lift the laurels.

"I have only won the title once and I am hungry for more titles, maybe more hungry than anyone else in F1," the Briton told Bild am Sonntag. "It's easy; I will only get closer to Sebastian if I actually manage to win races with McLaren this season. I must turn my frustration into energy."