Sky Sports F1 analyst and former British racer Martin Brundle revealed that he is truly baffled by the absence of Fernando Alonso from the next Grand Prix in 2019.
The Spanish driver was undoubtedly one of the most loved drivers ever to grace the F1 world. Needless to say, a successful one too.
Winning two Formula One World Championships consecutively in 2005 and 2006, Alonso is strongly regarded as one of the best drivers ever to have graced the tracks.
After an incredibly illustrious career spanning for as long as 17 seasons, it was declared that Alonso will not have a car/team for the 2019 season.
He finished this year with McLaren and ended the last race in Abu Dhabi in 11th. As too did he place in the final standings for the year; he recorded 50 points over the year.
This has left supporters and Brundle alike both shocked and disappointed.
Brundle, in his extended report of the final day, expressed the incredible scenes that both greeted and bid farewell to Alonso.
He explained: “His incredible send-off over the weekend was like something I have never witnessed.
"Wall to wall 'farewell Fernando' which even the tough man himself seemed to be a little emotional about. The last thing I expected on the grid after interviewing him was a man hug!”
Brundle also emitted that he was incredibly confused that the former champion cannot find a competitive car to ride in.
“The whole celebration confused me in a way.
"If he's so popular, impressive and important, which he is, then why don't we have a competitive car for him?”
However, Brundle also remarked that this may not be the last we see of the very popular driver if he can find the right fit.
“He may be 37, but I still expect him back on the F1 grid at some point if there's a suitable car."