Martin Brundle has hinted that Fernando Alonso could be about to quit the Formula One circuit next season.
The 36-year-old Spaniard is considering his options, which could see him make the decision to move on from Formula One, as he looks to further pursue his dream of achieving the triple crown of motorsport: the Monaco GP, Indy500 and the Le Mans 24hrs.
Alonso has already taken time out of the Formula One season to compete in Indy Car events and could leave the sport for good once the 2018 campaign comes to a close.
The McLaren driver - and a two-time world champion - has been critical of Formula One races this season, including the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, which was won by Australia's Daniel Ricciardo in the Principality.
Alonso said: "Extremely boring. This is probably the most boring race ever."
And writing in his column, Sky Sports pundit Brundle feels that Alonso may not be lining up in Formula One next year, having conducted an interview with the Spaniard before the race.
Brundle wrote: "I had a long sit down interview with Fernando Alonso pre-race and he gave me a distinct impression that he likely wouldn't be on the F1 grid next year.
"That wouldn't have been helped by his retirement in the race, and post-race he publicly criticised Monaco and applauded the Indy 500.
"You never know with him, he could retire then un-retire very quickly, but I think even his relentless energy and motivation is fading."
Exactly what F1 - and McLaren - fans were not hoping to hear.
Alonso was forced to retire from the Monaco GP on lap 52 and with whispers of uncertainty surrounding his future starting to circulate again, McLaren know they will have to make their car more competitive to stand any chance of keeping their prized asset.
With Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes still possessing much quicker and more reliable cars, however, that looks an unlikely challenge.News Now - Sport News