When Renault sensationally sacked Nick Heidfeld midway through the current season, many of us were stunned. How a team without their number one driver, Robert Kubica, could so easily discard his replacement was beyond comprehension.
Whilst he had not proven to be the number one that Renault foolishly expected him to be, he at least gained some promising results.
When Heidfeld exited after the Hungarian Grand Prix, he was two points clear of his teammate Vitaly Petrov with six points finishes and a podium finish to his name.
His own replacement Bruno Senna has failed to deliver.
As a result we now have a situation where Heidfeld has remained within the top 10 in the Drivers' Championship. Remarkably this is a position he could keep hold of despite missing eight of the 19 races in this campaign.
Is there anyone below him in the standings who can take the final place within the top 10 and put themselves forever into various encyclopedias of Formula 1 history?
Here I will take a look at the runners and riders with a shot.