To be honest, I can't think of many drivers with reject status from recent years that have done much to truly deserve an exemption from profile eligibility. The big talents and even some of the more "middling" drivers have had a tendency to rise above their mechanical disadvantage and score top six results, as the likes of Sainz, Verstappen and Ocon have demonstrated, and even drivers like di Resta, Nasr and Petrov have been able to finish within the top six and even the top four enough times to escape reject status.
Even going back to a time when only half the field could be expected to finish you have Gabriele Tarquini putting an AGS on the points table and threatening lap records in a Fondmetal, but on the flipside not getting paid attention by the big teams. That's a textbook reject story.
It's a very strange, even absurd, situation anyway, because in reality you can't objectively quantify "rejectdom". It's just an easy excuse to single out without too much debate which drivers we can and can't profile.
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