Fernando Alonso has revealed that he does not wish to retire any time in the near future and that a third Formula One world championship is his main motivation.
The 32-year-old is in his fifth season with Ferrari and has not won the drivers' championship since the 2006 season.
But Alonso is still regarded as one of the top drivers in the field.
He told BBC Sport: "I think I can carry on long enough to win and to be competitive for some good years. I don't know how many - three, five, seven. I don't think it should be any problem.
"We are still hungry for success, waiting for our opportunity to become champion. This is the main goal and you don't think of retiring until you get some satisfaction."
The Spaniard is still proud of the two titles he has achieved, both with the Renault F1 team in consecutive seasons, but he wants the recognition which comes with a third title, understandable for a man of his talent.
"It is not that I'm not happy with two but the third puts you in a list of very important names," Alonso added.
"It is something I am working for and hoping for."
Alonso feels that the length of time he will spend in Formula One depends on the level of enjoyment he is having in the series.
"It is not a problem of how long you can keep this level, it's a problem of how much fun I will have driving those cars in the future."
And with all the regulation changes in the sport, he feels it is not the same as it used to be.
"The new F1 cars are heavier, slower, difficult to understand what the car is doing, you cannot push all through the race. You push two laps and then you save tyres until the next stop. Sometimes you don't even push. This is not something racing drivers like to do."
But for now it seems Alonso it set to stay and compete with the best drivers on the planet. Despite Alonso's failure to secure another world title he has always been heavily competitive at the front of the gird, finishing second in the championship in three of the last four campaigns.
The extent to that achievement is amplified by the fact that the Ferrari car has not been at its best for some time now, yet Alonso continues to rinse every last bit of performance from the car.
Alonso's consistency leaves himself best of the rest in third ths season, behind the two unbeatable Mercedes drivers. But he is in-front of the Red Bull pair and his own experienced team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Much was made of how the two world champions would get on together at Ferrari, but for now, Alonso is proving to be the number one man with Raikkonen down in a disappointing 12th place.
There has been just a sole podium finish for the under-performing Ferrari team this season, that belonging to Alonso. The failure to be as competitive as they would have liked, led to the departure of Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, with Marco Mattiacci taking over and looking to refresh the team.
There has been talk of Alonso being tempted with a move away from the Prancing Horse in order to become a world champion again. but with the internal change there is hope of Ferrari rising once more and Alonso would love to be a part of that.
Ferrari are currently third in the constructors' championship going into this weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix, the seventh race on the calendar. Alonso and Raikkonen will be looking to close the gap on the Red Bull team where the gap stands at 21-points.
But they must be wary of what is going on over their shoulders as the Force India F1 team continues to progress and are just 11-points shy. For Formula One's most established, recognised and historic team to fall behind Vijay Mallya's outfit would be embarrassing. But with their current form not at all unlikely.
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