Despite the plethora of pay drivers hanging around the paddock, the Formula One grid is, by and large, a meritocracy.
The best drivers usually end up at the best teams, while the lesser drivers populate the rear of the field.
But it doesn't always happen that way. A combination of politics, money, timing, misfortune or combinations thereof can stop potential champions achieving their ultimate goals.
Many young drivers never get a proper chance to show what they can do.
Here are five drivers—two youngsters, two established and one megastar—who are too good for their current teams.