Most aspiring Formula 1 drivers eventually reach a fork in the road where they realise their desired path leads to oblivion, so they plunge into the wider motorsport world to make their careers.
Alex Albon was there last year despite challenging for the Formula 2 title, so signed a deal to race in Formula E with the Nissan e.dams squad. Two months and six days after that deal was announced, Scuderia Toro Rosso confirmed him as Daniil Kvyat's 2019 Formula 1 team-mate.
It was an unlikely reprieve, but a merited one. Albon may have come into this season as the lowest-profile driver, but he's highly-regarded by his contemporaries. Lando Norris once had a poster of karting star Albon on his wall, while both George Russell and Charles Leclerc talked up the London-born Thai as arguably the best young driver outside of F1 in 2018.