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Martin Brundle tweets defence of Renault's departing driver Carlos Sainz

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Former British Formula 1 driver, Martin Brundle, who is best known these days for his commentary on the races, has posted a rare passionate tweet in support of Spanish driver Carlos Sainz. 

It was announced yesterday that Daniel Ricciardo will replace Sainz at Renault in 2019 and the young Spaniard now faces an uncertain future in the sport without the security of a guaranteed seat.

It will certainly be a tense month for the young Spaniard, as Red Bull have until September to activate a recall clause, failure to do so and Sainz will need to consider his other options.

At this stage, Red Bull certainly looks his most likely destination for Sainz to end up, however, with Verstappen currently the number one driver there and the strained relationship the two had whilst driving together for Torro Rosso, it would be seen as a risky decision for the team to pair the two up again. 

Elsewhere there are potential openings at Force India, Haas, McLaren, Sauber and Williams that will surely show an interest in Sainz.

Or at least that is what Martin Brundle thinks.

Brundle has claimed it will be a 'travesty' if the 2019 season gets underway without Sainz lining up on the grid.

He tweeted: "If @Carlossainz55 doesn’t get a strong drive in F1 next year it will be a travesty, annoy me intensely, and reflect badly on F1."

That goes to show just how highly Sainz is thought of.

Sainz has indeed had a rough ride with speculation over the last few seasons, as his progression with Red Bull was blocked by Verstappen and Ricciardo, meaning the team loaned him out to Renault, where he has failed to pin down a position into the 2019 season. 

Speaking earlier this summer, Sainz admitted: "At this stage of the year, again, my future is uncertain like it has been in the last three, which means I'm used to it. I know how to live with it."

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Nevertheless, this saga will surely frustrate him the longer it goes on as he tries to kick on in his career.

The sooner his future is sorted, the sooner Brundle can sit a bit more comfortably in the commentary box.

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