At last year's United States Grand Prix, Heikki Kovalainen claimed one of the least enviable records in Formula 1 by notching up his 60th consecutive race without a point.
Eclipsing the record previously held by Piercarlo Ghinzani was no cause for celebration, especially as the writing was already on the wall for Kovalainen's future. Yet 12 months on he goes into the 2013 running of the race with a car eminently capable of ending his 61-start pointless streak, allowing the affable Finn to score for the first time since the 2009 Singapore GP.
The chance to substitute for Kimi Raikkonen in the final two races of 2013 could not have come at a better time. Kovalainen has kept his hand in with six outings for Caterham as third driver (a role he said "doesn't interest me" this time last year).