Antonio Felix da Costa has not been dropped by Red Bull, despite failing to impress enough to secure the Toro Rosso seat for 2014.
Portuguese da Costa, 22, was the hot favourite all season to move into the energy drink company's second Formula One team next year.
But, with Daniel Ricciardo moving to Red Bull, the F1 paddock was surprised to learn that 19-year-old GP3 driver Daniil Kvyat ultimately got his job.
Is it because Russian Kvyat – although arguably the most impressive compared to fellow Red Bull juniors da Costa and Carlos Sainz jr – is bringing sponsor backing to the seat?
Dr Helmut Marko, the Red Bull driver supremo, insists 'performance' was the only criteria.
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