Marcus Ericsson avoided the fate of many of his predecessors as he secured a second season in Formula 1 with Sauber. Of course, bringing more than £10million to the table always helps when the team are struggling financially.
Born: 2 September 1990
Debut season: 2014
Coming through the ranks of British Formula Three and GP2, the Swede spent four seasons in the F1 feeder series during which he claimed only one victory, but he still managed to land a seat with Caterham for the 2014 season.
With the Leafield squad struggling at the wrong end of the grid, the rookie was never really able to show his true potential, but he did produce some solid showings with his best result coming in only his second F1 race - a P14 at the Malaysian GP.
His F1 progress was halted after the 2014 Russian Grand Prix when Caterham went into administration and he must have thought that was it for him in F1. However, his financial backers came to his rescue when they came up with a biggest cheque and earned him a seat with Sauber for 2015.