Fernando Alonso has claimed he will happily see out the rest of his F1 career with Ferrari even if that meant not claiming a third world championship.
The Spaniard is seen by many as the best driver on the F1 grid yet he could find himself not adding to his two titles.
Some believe that statistics should be a catalyst for Alonso to seek a different team if he feels he can not win another title indeed BBC commentator David Coulthard claims Alonso is becoming frustrated at Ferrari.
"It's a long time since Alonso won a world championship," BBC commentator Coulthard said, "and that's not because he's not putting in world championship level performances.
"If this continues for that much longer, you have to wonder how much longer Alonso can stay at Ferrari."
However, speaking to German magazine Sport Bild, Alonso sees no reason to change admitting he may go beyond his current 2016 contract with the Scuderia.
Alonso even suggested he would be pleased just to be seen as one of F1's best driver's without adding to his tally of championships.
"I have no idea how long I'll be in Formula 1," he said, "but if I renew (the contract beyond 2016), then it will be with Ferrari.
"I am satisfied with myself and with my performance.
"When I won my two titles, I felt the recognition of being regarded seriously as a good driver.
"Today I am seen as one of the best drivers, although I have not won another title since then," added Alonso.
McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh agreed with his former driver claiming Alonso can be seen in a higher regard than Vettel
"(Vettel) is an impressive driver", Whitmarsh admitted.
"But he will never get the recognition he deserves, as long as he drives for Red Bull."
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