4) Kevin Giovesi
For Kevin Giovesi, it was a year of what could have been, with the Italian taking two race wins for Eurotech Engineering/FMS Racing en-route to finishing fifth in the championship.
His season could not have got off to a worse start, with a double retirement in Morocco, but he took his first win of the season in race two next time out at Paul Ricard after starting fifth.
A series of pit stop blunders from him and his team cost them valuable time in 2014, and quite possibly a few wins went begging, most notably during race two in Austria when he was leading before the pit stops. His second win at Monza was well deserved, but he would not see the chequered flag first again all season, finishing runner-up on three occasions at Imola (twice) and at the Nurburgring.
He withdrew from the season finale in Portugal with the championship out of reach, and ultimately dropped to fifth in the standings behind Andrea Roda.
He signed a developmental deal with the Caterham F1 Team during the season, but with the team in dire financial strife, that partnership could be over before it’s able to blossom. Giovesi certainly has the talent to succeed in motorsport, and should be a target for any GP2, GP3 or World Series by Renault outfit for 2015, should he decide to go down that route.