Five years ago, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship was won by a guy who's gone on to taste victory in this season's IndyCar Series: Felix Rosenqvist. Current Formula 1 racers Antonio Giovinazzi, Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll, George Russell and Alex Albon were second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. And eighth was BMW's new Formula E race winner, Maxi Gunther.
By contrast, the bloke who finished third has contested two races this year: one in a GT3 Aston Martin; the other in an LMP2 ORECA.
So while there was no doubting the talent of that driver - he had, after all, excelled with six race wins in 2015 among a rich harvest of young prospects - you can understand why he was shocked to be announced as the new driver at the BMW Andretti team for the forthcoming season.