Nico Hulkenberg must be wondering what he has to do to earn himself a drive in a top team. He is in need of a strong year to once again prove he is ready.
It's a frustrating tale of misfortune for the German as he has been once again overlooked for a top seat.
The 2009 GP2 champion was tipped to join Romain Grosjean at Lotus but after a cash injection from Quantum motorsport failed to materialise, Hulkenberg lost out and faces yet another year in the midfield.
Surely if he is able to put together a strong 2014 campaign the big boys can overlook him no more.