You have to feel for Heikki Kovalainen. Having been overlooked for a Caterham drive he appeared to have in the bag before the end of the 2013 season, he has been told his drives for Lotus cost him the seat.
Kovalainen filled in for Kimi Raikkonen for the remaining two races of the 2013 season but struggled to adapt to the E21, failing to score any points in the process.
Former team boss Tony Fernandes recently rubbed salt into the wound.
"Obviously we would lie if we said it didn’t play a part," Fernandes is quoted on Autosport.
It will be scant consolation for the Finn, but he is not the first driver to have failed to fill in successfully for a driver at short notice.
Here are five other drivers to have fallen on their faces in such circumstances.