The mid-point of the Formula One season is traditionally the time when team bosses start to become edgy.
Although the majority of teams are content with their driver line-ups until at least the end of a given year, some feel that the only way to salvage their campaign is to make instant changes, injecting new life into a stuttering season.
But for every new driver who lands a seat in the middle of the season, there is the driver who vacates one.
The reasons for a driver losing his seat halfway through a campaign can range from injury to sponsorship difficulties to performance-related reasons, with some even being portrayed as scapegoats for their team’s failings.
And with just two races, the German and Hungarian grands prix, to go until F1’s summer break, here are five drivers—with criteria based on the driver’s own circumstances and the likelihood of a replacement—who could see the sport turning its back on them in the coming weeks.