Points prove hard to come by over the first eight races, but the arrival of Force India’s B-spec car in the ninth provides the springboard for an excellent run which includes eight top-10 finishes in the final 11 rounds and a fifth career rostrum in Russia.
Acquits himself well against highly-rated Force India team mate Hulkenberg, admittedly in a season of highs and lows that includes a podium finish in Bahrain and a self-inflicted retirement in Hungary. Scores in 12 of 19 races to finish 10th overall.
Quiet start to life at McLaren ends with battling run to sixth in Bahrain where he races wheel-to-wheel with team mate Button. Inconsistency and an unexpectedly uncompetitive car means he betters that result just once, with fifth place in India. Moves to Force India for 2014.
Second season with Sauber one of highs and lows. Podium finishes in Malaysia and Canada contrast with low-key results elsewhere, as car and driver search for consistency. Signs for McLaren for 2013 after fine second place in Italy, before performances slump a little.
Seventh on F1 race debut with Sauber before car disqualified on technical grounds. Scores first points at round five. Misses Monaco after qualifying crash, and sits out subsequent Canadian race. Then impresses sufficiently to be retained for 2012.
GP2 Series runner-up, with five wins, seven podiums, one pole position and six fastest laps. Tests for BMW Sauber F1 team after landing race drive for 2011.
Twelfth overall in GP2 Series, with two podiums and one fastest lap. Fifteenth overall in GP2 Asia.
Seventh overall in GP2 Asia series, with two wins, three podiums and one fastest lap. Fourth overall in British Formula Three championship, with four wins, seven podiums and one fastest lap.
British Formula Three National champion.
Sixth overall in Formula BMW ADAC series. Represents Mexico in the two A1GP races.
Fourteenth overall in Formula BMW ADAC series, with one podium.