Fernando Alonso insists that he can still win a third F1 title and says the form he has shown in recent seasons has been some of the best of his career.

The Spaniard won back-to-back titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and has since gone on to finish second in the standings in two of the last three seasons, while he also lies in second place this time around with four races still to go.

While Sebastian Vettel has again been the man to beat this season as he moves towards a fourth straight title, Alonso said he felt time was still on his side to beat the German to be crowned champion again.

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"Obviously I'd like to win and I'm 32 so it's not the last year of my career," he said. "I'm sure that I will have more opportunities and I would like to win more championships.

"These last four years, I have been in the fight for three world championships. Maybe I will finish three times second, which is obviously sad in a way because you are close to fighting for the World Championship and winning it, but on the other hand, I'm extremely proud.

"I'm doing the best form and the best races of my life in these years, so when I go to bed I'm extremely proud."

While his move to Ferrari has so far failed to deliver the expected championship silverware, Alonso added that he was still pleased with the way things had gone since his switch to Maranello.

"When I signed for Ferrari it was a dream come true," he said. "I came to this fantastic team and I was coming from 2009 where I was fighting to pass Q2. When I joined Ferrari, I knew that I would have the possibility to fight for the World Championship, maybe get it, maybe not because this is sport and anything can happen.

"In four years, three times I have fought for the World Championship, which was more or less as I expected. However, there was one team and one driver better than us in these four years.

"They deserve it, we congratulate them and next year we start from zero. We need to raise our game and we need to do better."